Alternative Assets And Their Role In Portfolios
MyPlanIQ maintains several alternative portfolios on Brokerage Investors (What We Do -> Brokerage Investors). These portfolios emphasizes some alternative assets such as gold. Financial media have defined alternative assets in various ways. In this newsletter, we would like to discuss this concept in some details.
The simplest and most popular definition is that any asset other than traditional stocks and bonds are defined as alternative assets. By this definition, not only commodities and gold are called alternative assets, even REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust) and TIPS (Inflation Protected Securities) are classified as alternative. Other definitions vary.
We look at this problem from a different angle. Our key yardstick is so called intuitively productive assets.
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