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For some alternatives, once you consider the benchmark, the more difficult part is justifying the investment's place in the portfolio.
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A small amount of gold in a portfolio can act as a good alternative asset to diversify risk.
Though private, non-traded REITs have very high loads and ongoing expenses, low-cost REITs can have a place as alternatives in our clients' portfolios.
Some alternative asset classes are appealing in theory until you stop and think about them, according to CFP Allan Roth. Here are three types advisors should avoid.
Low or negative correlation is necessary for a good alternative investment, but don't forget the second essential trait.
By focusing on what really needs protecting, advisors can help bring insurance spending under control.
Alternative investments aren't just for institutions any longer. Alt mutual funds and ETFs have seen a 100% increase in inflows over the past two years.
In grading investment performance, it turns out that consistency is even more important than asset allocation.
When converting a regular IRA into a Roth IRA, it may be wise to use risky assets and be ready to undo the conversion if the assets move in the wrong direction.
Narrow investment strategies and narrow fund categories tend to result in worse results for investors.