The alternative investment advocacy group has said that the days when only institutional investors looked towards alternatives are long gone and that average investors now call for less exposure to stocks and shares. Whether it be private equity, REITs, timberland investments or precious metals, alternatives are becoming increasingly 'the norm' for anyone that wants to reduce their exposure to risk by diversifying their portfolio.
As well as becoming more mainstream, alternative investments are also able to deliver some very high returns at a time when investing in traditional assets provides limited opportunity for a windfall. In fact, the volatility in the stock markets is what is attracting so many individuals to more left-field investments.
Investing in art, precious metals, wine and even antiques and whisky is growing in popularity. "People like to turn their hobby into an investment opportunity, particularly if they know the business," explained AAA's analysis partner, Anthony Johnson.
"Investors are also increasingly keen to see something in return for their investment, such as physical trees, a beautiful painting or a gold bar."
AAA supports alternative investments, but particularly backs ethical and ecologically-
"The rise in popularity of these alternative investments is all based on demand for the products or the assets," explained Mr Johnson. "Much of this demand is coming from emerging economies like China and India, which are buying up huge amounts of raw materials to help with their urban developments."
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