As we approach a more difficult environment for traditional assets, writes Oliver Wallin alternative investments look set to prove an increasingly important asset class for long-term investors
The definition of ‘alternative' is fairly simple - an alternative should offer something different to the traditional. Within investments, that means an alternative to equities and bonds and we should accept - and indeed embrace - the fact this makes for a broad church that captures a vast array of different types of investments, approaches and strategies. Some of those investments may be considered ‘non-traditional' but will still be familiar to many - for example, commodities, infrastructure, private equity, and real assets such as property. The common denominator is that they can disp...
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