Alternative Investments

What do alternative investments mean exactly?

β€œAn investment that is not one of the three traditional asset types (stocks, bonds and cash). Most alternative investment assets are held by institutional investors or accredited, high-net-worth individuals because of their complex nature, limited regulations and relative lack of liquidity. Alternative investments include hedge funds, managed futures, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts.”
-Definition from

Alternate Investments:

  • Commodities – ETF
  • Gold and Precious Metals – ETF
  • Public and Private Real Estate Investment Trusts
  • Private Equity
  • Managed Futures
  • Multi-Strategy Hedge Funds
  • Long-Short Hedge Funds
  • Oil and Gas Partnerships
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Structured Products