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ALTERNATIVE FACTS

Why do you need them, what are the best ones and how many should you own? Nicola Brittain addresses the most oft-asked questions about alternatives

What are alternatives used for?

Alternatives are primarily used to provide diversification and improve a risk/return profile. Bond yields are at a record low and equities are overpriced, meaning alternatives are currently playing a valuable role. They can also help protect against inflation.

For Adrian Lowcock, investment director at Architas, the important thing is that alternatives diversify away from equities.

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The UK’s long-running bull market is making investors nervous, and alternatives are an obvious solution to the high valuations and positive correlations it has produced. But advisers and investors are still reluctant to buy into this asset type. This guide, produced in association with Architas, debunks some commonly-held myths, looks at the role alternatives play and shines a spotlight on which alternative investments look good just now.
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