When one thinks of traditional investing, equities and fixed income both come to mind. Alternative investments are exactly that, alternatives to stocks and bonds. This category encompasses hedge funds, commodities, real estate, and private equity among others. What sets them apart is their low correlation with stocks and bonds. When added to a traditional portfolio of securities, these instruments can improve the overall risk/return characteristics of the portfolio.
GFMI offers a full suite of alternative investments courses. Following are just a few examples from our alternative investments curriculum: