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Alternatives have become an essential component of most portfolios. Gary Corcoran asks how advisers avoid the potential pitfalls in the variety of options

It is fair to say that alternative assets are now a central strand of most investment portfolios, but this hasn’t always been the case. With this increased popularity, what has changed and is it likely to continue?

The answer is that it probably is, because underlying market dynamics have shifted. First, the introduction of new liquid instruments, including alternative- focused mutual funds from firms such as AQR and Blackstone, have lowered the barriers to entry.

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