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An introduction to alternative investments

October 30, 2020
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The chief merit of diversification—improved risk-adjusted returns—is a product of combining strategies with a variety of correlations so that a portfolio’s volatility is lower than the volatility of the individual strategies it employs. Periods of high uncertainty—when forecasting ability deteriorates and market-level volatility surges—can showcase the benefits of broad diversification.

Alternative investments pursue strategies that diverge from conventional long-only opportunities in equities and fixed-income asset classes. We believe the distinct set of strategies offered by alternatives can enhance a portfolio's diversification, thereby improving upon the risk-reduction and return-enhancement opportunities that traditional asset classes can offer.

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