Complementing your portfolio with alternative investments
Having alternatives means having the options you need to fit your ever-evolving needs. We believe diversification across a broad spectrum of asset classes is the best way to help our clients meet their long-term objectives, balancing risk and return.
For those who appreciate the potential of alternative investments in a comprehensive portfolio, we offer diversification through investments such as hedge funds, managed futures, funds of funds, private equity, private real estate, and other alternative investment options.* Of course, alternatives aren’t for everyone, and we’ll carefully consider the options that complement your existing financial objectives before thoughtfully moving forward.
Alternative investments are generally considered speculative in nature and may involve a high degree of risk, particularly if concentrating investments in one or few alternative investments. These risks are potentially greater and substantially different than those associated with traditional equity or fixed income investments. The investment strategies used by certain Funds may require a substantial use of leverage. The investment strategies employed and associated risks are more fully disclosed in each Fund's prospectus, which is available from your financial advisor.
Diversification and asset allocation do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.
The alternative investment vehicles we offer include, but are not limited to:
Hedge funds typically offer private investment management in a structure that provides managers broad flexibility in executing their mandates. They employ a wide array of strategies and may invest in a variety of financial instruments across global markets. We help assist you in determining the right investments to complement your portfolio.
You should only invest in hedge funds if you do not require a liquid investment and can bear the risk of substantial losses.
Managed futures strategies trade in a variety of global markets, attempting to identify and profit from rising or falling trends that develop in these markets. Markets that are traded often include financials (interest rates, stock indices and currencies), as well as commodities (energy, metals and agriculturals). Through careful selection, we help you identify the managed futures funds that best suit your needs.
Private equity managers seek to make privately negotiated investments in companies, ranging from providing capital for startup companies to “buying out” mature companies with the intent of improving fundamentals and, in turn, the value of the businesses. We assist you in selecting private equity managers that will best complement your portfolio.
Real estate has long been considered an alternative tangible asset. While real estate can be accessed through traditional means, such as direct ownership and real estate investment trusts (REITs), it is also possible to access this asset class through managers who invest opportunistically in private real estate and trade less mainstream real estate-related securities. Together, we select the real estate investments in line with your short- and long-term financial goals.
Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are financial vehicles that pool investors’ capital to purchase or finance real estate. REITs may concentrate their investments in specific geographic areas or in specific properties types, i.e., hotels, shopping malls, residential complexes and office buildings. The value of the REITs and the ability of the REITs to distribute income may be adversely affected by several factors, including rising interest rates, changes in the national, state and local economic climate and real-estate conditions, perceptions of prospective tenants of the safety, convenience and attractiveness of the properties, the ability of the owner to provide adequate management, maintenance and insurance, the cost of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, increased competition from new properties, the impact of present or future environmental legislation and compliance with environmental laws, changes in real estate taxes and other operating expenses, adverse changes in governmental rule and fiscal policies, adverse changes in zoning laws, and other factors beyond the control of the issuers of the REITs.
REITs involve risks such as refinancing, economic conditions in the real estate industry, changes in property values and dependency on real estate management.
Managers who focus on investing in tangible assets, such as commodities have the potential to generate returns that offer diversification benefits and protection against inflation. We help you field your options, choosing the investment strategy that best suits your needs.
Commodities are volatile investments and should only form a small part of a diversified portfolio. There may be sharp price fluctuations even during periods when prices overall are rising.