Alternative investments An alternative investment is an asset that is not one of the traditional known types, such as stocks, bonds and cash. Types of alternative investments include private equity, hedge funds, managed futures, real estate and derivatives contract.During periods when the economy is facing a decline, or interest rates are low, it may be effective to consider alternative strategies that seek opportunities to generate results similar to bonds. Various management styles and strategies such as long/short, arbitrage, and managed futures can help prepare for market downturns.Alternative assets offer exposure beyond the traditional equity portion of your portfolio. This gives you the opportunity to further diversify*, because alternative assets typically perform well in inflationary environments. When preparing for any market cycle, it's important to consider evolving portfolios by adding alternative assets.For more information about alternative investments and without any obligation consultation call us or e-mail us 800-560-1988 [email protected] *Diversification/Asset Allocation does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.