One way to define alternative investments is by what they are not - traditional stocks, bonds and real estate. In fact, they include a very wide range of diverse assets. Alternatives can be grouped into 3 broad categories:
The term "hedge fund" can be a bit confusing. It generally refers to the last group of trading programs but it many times is used very loosely to cover almost any type of alternative asset. In any case, keep in mind that the word "hedge" is a misnomer. Hedging your portfolio is not necessarily the primary goal of these programs but is hopefully a welcome byproduct. The reasons for investing in alternative investments can be any or all of the following:
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