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Choices for Alternative Investments

Apr 4, 2008
When it comes to alternative investments, the easiest way to describe this market is to simply state that they are not investment choices the majority of the population makes. Alternative investments are still a very valid choice for investors who want something just a little different to round out their portfolio.

Some of the better known alternative investment choices include:

Hedge Funds. Hedge funds are designed to reduce risk and maximize steady return rates based upon the future price of some commodity. Hedge funds may be specialized based upon an industry, a commodity or a market and the hedge fund manager is more than likely a knowledge expert in their field. Two of the primary strategies include short-selling and arbitrage.

Hedge funds engage in short-selling, or the selling of something that you do not own and purchasing it lower. You are betting that the price is higher now than what it will be in the future.

They also engage in arbitrage, which is buying and selling at the same time, but buying high and selling low due to the differences of price in multiple markets.

Venture Capital Investments. Investing your market through venture capital basically means betting on entrepreneurship. There is no one venture capital portal where you can see all the opportunities and choose your best one. Instead, there are plenty of venture capital funds, some of which may welcome you as an investor and some of which will not.

Becoming a venture capitalist is a wonderful choice for those who understand and are willing to bet their hard-earned money on emerging businesses, emerging technologies and emerging trends.

Private Equity Investments. Private equity basically means putting your money into privately-held companies, but can encompass investments at start-up or in a mature company.

Once associated negatively due to a group of investors who would purchase and spin-off or burn-off businesses for their own short-term gain, it's now a substantial foundation for private businesses that need an influx of capital in order to grow.

Real Estate. Ever thought of becoming a landlord? If so, you are one of the individuals who have seriously thought of investing in real estate. This is probably the most well known alternative investment strategy as it's something that anyone can do simply by contacting a realtor.

If you are ready to step out into advanced investment strategies, take a look at alternative investments. They really do help further diversify a portfolio from the traditional stocks and bonds and can provide some great personal satisfaction from being in on the start of the next Microsoft.
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Caterina Christakos is an experienced investor and teacher. Ever dreamed of becoming a stock or commodities broker? Live the dream now at: http://www.worldcapitalinstitute.com
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