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Alternative Investments - September 2014



    Not any more. We’ve been through a global financial meltdown, lived through persistent low rates, and watched markets grow increasingly skittish in the midst of global upheaval. Diversification is the buzz word; especially if it can reduce exposure that is correlated with equities and bonds.

    Property is an obviously beneficiary here, but the huge inflows in this area have already been branded by some as a headwind managers are having to manage. But property is not simply about simply commercial funds - the world of options beyond this is vast.

    In this special report we focus on three areas that either are or could be set to become major areas for investment and key components of well diversified portfolios: alternative fixed income, passive commodities instruments, and non-mainstream property funds. All have their benefits, as well as a host of unique risks to understand.

    This special report is sponsored by Architas. All editorial is independent.

    In this special report


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    1. How many new trusts have been launched launched within the AIC Debt sector in the past 12 months?

    2. And how many have been launched in the past three years?

    3. The European ETP market saw inflows of what in the first six months of 2014?

    4. For the same period, what were the flows into commodity and money market ETPs?

    5. Why does the author state infrastructure funds now trade at significant premiums to the value of their portfolios?

    6. What is the key issue with open-ended property funds, according to Mr Burdett?

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