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An alternative investment is an investment product other than traditional investments such as stocks and shares, bonds or cash investments.

The common features of alternative investments have been summarised as follows:

  • Poor liquidity 
  • Difficulty in determining current market values 
  • Limited historical risk and return data 
  • Extensive investment analysis required

Some common alternative investments are:

  • real estate;
  • private equity;
  • venture capital;
  • commodities;
  • hedged or absolute return strategies;
  • wine; or
  • art and antiques.

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Category: Guide to City Jargon

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