Why Alternative Investments?

WHY ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS With stocks back at all-time highs and the financial crisis, internet bubble, and all the mini shocks in between fading further and further into memory – why do investors need anything alternative in their portfolios?

It’s a question we see play out in the headlines frequently, with the seemingly conflicting articles about big pensions (like Calpers) exiting hedge funds while hedge fund assets continue to climb ever higher and higher.  So why are so many institutional (and now smaller investors thanks to Liquid Alt mutual funds) continuing to put money to work in Alternative Investments?

Part of it is because they have massive exposure to a singular return stream in the equity markets, part of it is because they have to add more exposure to gain any benefit from the allocation. Part of it is because many so-called alternatives are really just equity market-like allocations. Suffice it to say the reasons are many and complex. Which seemed like just the sort of thing for us to breakdown into more easily understood bite size pieces with our latest whitepaper, Why Alternatives?

Here’s a peek:

Visualizing Alts in a Portfolio

What’s this ‘best of both worlds’ diversification actually look like? How does a portfolio actually benefit from an allocation to Alternatives? Here’s one example, comparing a traditional 60/40 portfolio to a portfolio containing a 30% allocation to managed futures. You can see a drastic difference between the two portfolios, with risk drastically reduced (worst loss going from -32% to -21%, and worst 3 year period from -20% to just single digits at -7%), and returns actually going up. [past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results].

Visualizing Alternatives In Portfolio

And what you’ll find in the rest of the research piece:

  1. the BIG problem with a traditional portfolio
  2. Visualizing Alternatives in a Portfolio
  3. Why current investors like Alternatives
  4. Learn the Types of Alternative Investments
  5. How much you need to allocate based on your expectations
  6. Outside voices on why alternative investments are important

Learn more about the world of Alternative Investments. Click here to download our research paper and see why others are saying “because it solved a big problem” to the question of “Why Alternatives?”

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Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, RCM's own estimates of performance based on account managed by advisors on its books, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices such as survivorship, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.

Disclaimer
The performance data displayed herein is compiled from various sources, including BarclayHedge, RCM's own estimates of performance based on account managed by advisors on its books, and reports directly from the advisors. These performance figures should not be relied on independent of the individual advisor's disclosure document, which has important information regarding the method of calculation used, whether or not the performance includes proprietary results, and other important footnotes on the advisor's track record.

Benchmark index performance is for the constituents of that index only, and does not represent the entire universe of possible investments within that asset class. And further, that there can be limitations and biases to indices such as survivorship, self reporting, and instant history.

Managed futures accounts can subject to substantial charges for management and advisory fees. The numbers within this website include all such fees, but it may be necessary for those accounts that are subject to these charges to make substantial trading profits in the future to avoid depletion or exhaustion of their assets.

Investors interested in investing with a managed futures program (excepting those programs which are offered exclusively to qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7) will be required to receive and sign off on a disclosure document in compliance with certain CFT rules The disclosure documents contains a complete description of the principal risk factors and each fee to be charged to your account by the CTA, as well as the composite performance of accounts under the CTA's management over at least the most recent five years. Investor interested in investing in any of the programs on this website are urged to carefully read these disclosure documents, including, but not limited to the performance information, before investing in any such programs.

Those investors who are qualified eligible persons as that term is defined by CFTC regulation 4.7 and interested in investing in a program exempt from having to provide a disclosure document and considered by the regulations to be sophisticated enough to understand the risks and be able to interpret the accuracy and completeness of any performance information on their own.

RCM receives a portion of the commodity brokerage commissions you pay in connection with your futures trading and/or a portion of the interest income (if any) earned on an account's assets. The listed manager may also pay RCM a portion of the fees they receive from accounts introduced to them by RCM.

See the full terms of use and risk disclaimer here.