alternative investment markets
Alternative investment markets include managed futures, hedge funds, and managed currency funds.
Alternative investments are so named particularly because they provide an investment class that enables diversification from traditional investment areas of bonds and stocks.
One of the typical characteristics of alternative investments is that their investment return profile differ from those of traditional stock & bond investments, thus making them ideal for investment diversification purposes.
For example, Societe Generale, a Bank/Investment Bank, defines alternative investments as a response to clients needs with 1) search for absolute performance, and 2) search for decorrelation from the stock markets.
Available Alternative Investment Markets
In addition to managed futures, hedge funds, and managed currency funds, alternative investments may include private investments, with un-traditional payoff/risk profiles for the investor.
If you use investment managers, the alternative investment definition may vary from one company to another, so always inquire about the specifics of their investment strategy and target markets.
To get more information on available alternative investment methods and companies, you can take a look at the associations, such as:
Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), a global not-for-profit association
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association
Managed Funds Association
Hedge Fund Association
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