Gold, oil, forex, and managed futures are just some of the assets included in alternative investment portfolios.
Investors use alternative assets to smooth volatility and increase returns. The value of adding alternative assets has been supported by academic studies that show low correlations to traditional assets. That means that when a traditional asset like stocks is declining, an alternative asset like gold or managed futures may be rising.
Recent returns in commodities, like gold, which increased 3 fold over the last ten years, and oil which shot to $140 per barrel before settling around $70 or more than twice its price a decade ago, have added new lustre to commodities; while emerging managed funds have attracted investors interested in more active trading strategies.
As a result, the amount of investments in alternative investments have increased substantially over the last 30 years. According to estimates by the Barclay Group, investment in managed futures alone increased from 310 million to 206 billion between 1980 and 2008.
To help investors gain an understanding of the alternative investment universe, Capital Edge (cap-edge.com) will present a free alternative investment webinar this coming Saturday at 12 Noon Dubai time.
The seminar will answer the questions:
What are alternative investments?
What are the key advantages and risks of alternative investments?
How can I invest in alternative assets and how do I choose an alternative investment manager?
Investors may register for the free webinar, to be held at vyew.com/room#/808952/freewebinar, by contacting Capital Edge directly.