Archive | Alternative Investments

gold and cash as safe havens

Are bank deposits and gold safe havens?

Continuing our look at ‘safe havens’, gold and bank deposits are often considered alternatives to ‘risky’ shares. How have they performed in times of stress, and do they rate as long-term investments at other times?

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Understanding the extra return from hybrids

Hybrids are complex instruments but they can be viewed as a bond with an embedded option, and they convert to equity in certain circumstances. Investors should consider the risk of this happening.

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What role should hedge funds play now?

After some poor experiences during the GFC, hedge funds offering uncorrelated returns have greater appeal as traditional markets struggle, but don’t pay up for simple market exposure.

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Why bother with hedge funds?

Despite negative headlines regularly aimed at hedge funds, they experienced strong inflows in the six years until the end of 2015. What are the benefits of hedge funds for a portfolio?

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