‘Tis the season for diversification

Equity markets send a timely reminder about diversifying into alternatives

Time to read: 3 min

This fall has been a challenging season for equities. In October, the S&P 500 Index declined approximately 9%,1 while volatility, as represented by the VIX Index, more than doubled.1 And November hasn’t been much better, with some stock indexes approaching double-digit losses for the year as we enter December.2 This behavior serves as yet another reminder that equity markets are often volatile and can go down just as easily as they can go up. Given this recent and vivid demonstration, I believe investors (and their portfolios) should consider the potential benefits of allocating to alternatives.

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Are you getting enough diversification from your alternatives allocation?

Our research shows that most portfolios aren’t maximizing the diversification potential of alternatives

Time to read: 4 min

Alternative investments are considered a hallmark of portfolio diversification and can help reduce overall portfolio risk, but only when the appropriate strategies are being implemented properly. Over the past year, the Invesco Global Solutions team examined hundreds of financial advisor portfolios, and we discovered that a common source of hidden risk is unintended equity exposure within alternative allocations, which can have an adverse effect on portfolio performance during equity market downturns. Fortunately, there are solutions that can potentially mitigate this risk and help investors achieve desired results.

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A preferred approach to US REIT investments

Making the case for US REIT preferred stock in flexible real estate portfolios

Time to read: 5 min

When investors seek to take advantage of publicly listed real estate opportunities, they often favor traditional REIT common stock to gain exposure. This makes sense — from Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2018, US REIT common stock has provided attractive returns coupled with income generation, potential diversification benefits and a potential hedge against inflation.1 However, we believe US REIT preferred stock may offer a unique opportunity for investors to access real estate-like returns with even higher income (and lower volatility) versus traditional REIT common stock.

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Selecting an alternative strategy

How to incorporate alternatives into a portfolio

Time to read : 4 min

I’ve written this summer about the potential benefits of alternative investments. Let’s assume that readers of my previous blogs agree that my ideas have some merit and it is time to diversify into alternatives (alts). The devil is always in the details. Of all the different alt funds available, which is best for a given investor? And where does it fit in a portfolio? In this blog, the fourth in my series explaining the basics of alts, I will suggest a process that may help investors select the best alternative strategy for their objectives.

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How alternative investments may help improve returns while reducing risk

What to expect from the performance of alternatives

Time to read: 2 min

Given the market turbulence experienced so far in 2018, I am not surprised that interest in alternative investments (alts) has picked up. For anyone trying to figure out how to incorporate alternatives into a portfolio, it’s critical to have proper expectations about their performance and how that might differ from traditional equities and fixed income.

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