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Alternative Investments

By Tom King

How have your investments done over the last few years? Unless you are part of the small few that saw the financial crisis coming then your investments are likely to have done poorly. Other people are in the same boat and they are looking for alternative investments as a way of protecting themselves.

The reason that people are looking for alternative investments is that returns aren’t really correlated with the returns on normal assets. This means that when we have financial events like we have had recently, your entire wealth doesn’t take a hit. There is a level of further diversification in there which helps to protect you.

You need to diversify in alternative investments because of traditional assets have performed so badly. Shares haven’t performed well and if you look at it from a decade long view the performance is dire. Property is not as safe as houses anymore and cash is losing real value all the time. It is time to look elsewhere.

I am not saying to blindly invest in alternative investments such as art, antiques or stamps etc. They have their negatives which I will mention. You do need to have an open mind to them.

So what are the disadvantages? Well firstly the market tends to be quite illiquid. If you decide you want to sell you can’t just call up your broker and arrange a deal. This means that you have risk of not being able to liquidate your position if you need to.

A further disadvantage of alternative investments is the lack of data required to establish a price. The marketplace is not big so it is difficult for a fair value to be established. If you don’t have the right information or knowledge then you are at a serious disadvantage. Mind you, if you know your stuff then there are huge opportunities there for you.

I hope to learned a little from that introduction to the world of alternative investments informative. To learn more visit Tom’s blog. There you will find out how to get involved with alternative investments.

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