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Financial Planning Month: Consider Diversifying with Alternative Investments

October 17, 2018
By Millennium Trust
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Individuals are increasingly investing in alternative assets, and those levels are set to rise.

Why are investors moving towards alternative investments? Simply put, alternative investments can be powerful diversifiers in a portfolio. Despite the 10-year bull market we’ve been experiencing, it’s inevitable that the market will eventually turn. Investing in alternative assets can protect against market volatility – and in a self-directed IRA, can add the benefit of tax-deferred growth over time. During Financial Planning Month, consider exploring ways to diversify that can help meet long-term investment goals.

Types of Alternative Investments

  • Hedge Funds

  • Private Equity/Debt

  • Real Estate

  • Managed Futures

  • Precious Metals

  • Multi-strategy

Top 5 Reasons to Consider Alternative Investments

  • Alternative investments are part of a large and growing asset class. By 2025, global alternative investments are expected to reach upwards of 21.1 trillion dollars. This growth presents a potential opportunity for some investors. 
  • Self-directed IRAs can hold alternatives. Holding alternatives in a self-directed IRA provides tax benefits that allow for tax-deferred growth over time.

  • You may be able to use risk to your advantage. In any market environment, alternatives can be useful diversifiers since these assets typically have low correlation with other asset classes.

  • Alternative investments have matured and become more mainstream. While alternatives have long had a reputation for being risky, they constitute a diverse asset class with a broad range of attributes with varying degrees of risk.

  • Alternative investments are not as hard to access as they once were. New online investment platforms are making it easier for advisors and investors to access a variety of opportunities without the burden of complicated paperwork.

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The material in this blog is presented for informational purposes only. Millennium Trust Company performs the duties of a directed custodian, and as such does not sell investments or provide investment, legal or tax advice.

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