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Alternative Investments are a powerful addition to every portfolio. A traditional "60% / 40%" allocation to stocks and bonds no longer provides sufficient returns.

Alternatives help private investors achieve greater diversification, lower volatility and boost portfolio returns. Use this About section to discover "who is who" in the universe of Alternative Investments and join us for a two-day conference to hear directly from the global leaders in the field.

What are Alternative Investments?

Alternative investments are often considered exclusive, niche, illiquid and lacking in information. This is far from reality these days. Alternatives are classified into different verticals, encompass a wide range of assets and strategies and are available to nearly all private individual investors. Further described in more detail.

Why should you care about Alternative Investments?

A "60/40" traditional allocation to public stocks and bonds may no longer be enough to meet long-term investment goals. Given the low interest rate environment coupled with increased volatility and uncertainty in the global financial markets, one should consider Alternative Investments as an enhancement to existing portfolio. Appropriately selected alternatives may lower volatility, enhance returns and increase portfolio diversification.

How can you use Alternative Investments?

Alternative Investments offer exposure to a broad range of diverse fundamental value drivers, so they can be used in different ways - to reduce portfolio's geographical exposure, mitigate the effects of stock market volatility, or create naturally levered exposure to a particular economic trend, for example. You can select particular alternative asset classes based on preferred risk and return parameters, as well as investment time horizon and liquidity.

Alternative Investment classes

Private equity

Private equity is a broad term encompassing the entire investment spectrum of the private capital markets and includes investment for equity in the private company throughout all phases of the business growth. Funds in private equity space are primarily classified by the stage at which they invest in private companies and are classified into Venture Capital, Growth, Buyout, Special situations and others.

Hedge funds

A hedge fund is an investment fund that pools capital from accredited investors and invests money in a variety of assets, often with a complex portfolio construction and risk management techniques to either outperform average market return (i.e. S&P500 Index) or provide a hedge against unforeseen general market changes (e.g. sharp drop in oil prices). Funds are individual in their strategy they deploy and are classified into: Long/Short, Global Macro, Event Driven, Market Neutral, Algorithmic, Activist, Emerging Markets and other.

Private debt

Different to Private Equity, Private Debt funds pools capital from accredited investors and invest by providing non-publicly traded debt financing to small and mid-sized companies. Investors profit from an attractive rate of interest due to higher return profile of the companies and also, from different return components such as equity-like elements. Funds in Private Debt focus on opportunities in asset-backed investments, direct lending, distressed investments, bank portfolio liquidations, and other.

Real estate funds

Real Estate fund is an investment fund that pools capital from accredited investors and invests money into equity and debt investments in the property market. Investments typically involve an active management strategy ranging from moderate reposition or releasing of properties to development or extensive redevelopment. Funds in Real Estate space are primarily classified by the properties they invest in: Commercial, Retail and Residential. Funds can also be listed vehicles in a form of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Real assets

Real Assets fund is an investment fund that pools capital from accredited investors and invests money into tangible assets (excl. Real Estate). Funds in real asset space are primarily classified by the tangible assets they invest in including infrastructure, transportation (shipping and aviation), energy, natural resources, and others.

Art and collectibles

Art and Collectibles are items that are worth far more than they appear because of their rarity and/or demand. It is an emerging asset class, thus usually managed on an individual level, rather than as a pooled investment vehicle. Common categories of collectibles include Art, Wine, Whisky, Champagne, Cars, Coins, and others.

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