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What is an alternative investment?

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Alternatives are non-mainstream investments, such as private equity and hedge funds and require specialist analysis. The term also encompasses a variety of unique investable assets, such as artwork and rare lifestyle collectibles including yachts or classic cars.

Alternatives are often picked to diversify your investments due to the fact they can move in different directions to mainstream stock markets.

Because the underlying asset can be complex and difficult to value, investment in these products may be expensive, more regulated, and difficult to access for private investors.