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July 19, 2024
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Investing in alternative assets during volatile times

The challenges faced by traditional investments such as stocks and shares, owing to economic volatility in 2022, can at first glance be seen as the primary catalyst for investors to look further afield, but demand for alternative investments has been growing for years. 

According to Simon Doherty, head of managed portfolio services at Quilter Cheviot, investors have sought to diversify their portfolios in an effort to generate higher risk-adjusted returns, while gaining access to opportunities not typically available through public markets. 

Doherty adds: “With fewer listed companies available to choose from – numbers having declined significantly over the past few decades – broadening exposure to real assets and alternative investment strategies has been seen as not just preferable, but necessary. 

“Product development and growing regulatory and technological support has been accelerating to meet this need.”

Alternative investments have also become more accessible through the increased availability of structures, such as investment trusts and open-ended investment companies (Oeics) that have an investment objective focused on alternative asset classes.

These can be accessed by IFAs, wealth managers and retail investors more broadly through platforms and as part of wrappers such as Isas and self-invested personal pensions.

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