“Investors are in need of modern day solutions for modern day markets.” Bob Rice gave a compelling keynote speech at last week's ADISA Due Diligence Forum, calling out alternatives as an important part of today's portfolio.
There's also recent discussion around how the 60/40 rule - a mix of 60% of investments in stocks and 40% in bonds - is becoming downright outdated.
There's no "one size fits all" when it comes to appropriate portfolio allocation, but many industry experts and advisors are pointing to investing in alternatives as a way to help reduce investor exposure to market volatility.
Below are two examples of alternatives that advisors can consider:
Direct Real Estate Offerings
Let’s start with real estate. I know, I know–you’ve heard it all before, but have you really looked into participating in a direct, asset-backed real estate offering? Real estate can provide high yielding assets that offer capital preservation, consistent income, and growth potential. With the prevalence of online real estate investment portals such as Encore Enterprises and Realty Mogul, advisors and investors are able to locate quality operators and managers that fit investor needs and objectives.
Private Equity Opportunities
Private equity (PE) investments into operating companies and start-ups have always been viewed as something only the elite can access, as minimum investment amounts were too large for the average investor. This is far from the truth in today’s world as technology, new rules and regulations such as The JOBs Act and cross-border access allows for emerging and mature business alike to present their capital needs to audiences of all shapes and sizes. PE adds a great level of upside potential but, as with any investment, comes with a different degree of risk which should be looked at carefully.
Today’s investors are looking for higher yields which the outdated 60/40 mindset cannot support. Traditional reasons for not considering different allocations, including lack of technology to support transactions, minimum investment requirements being too high, and limited access to product are no longer true. Advisors and investors alike are driving demand for direct alternatives which will likely continue based on current trends.
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