Hitting singles and doubles is the way alternatives should play the game, and investors should not expect a gain of 20%-30% from these vehicles, says Alpha Capital manager Brad Alford.
Volatility and changing demographics have target-date fund and defined-contribution plan managers considering alternatives as hedging tools against fixed-income rate risk, says Arden manager Henry Davis.
It doesn't pay to be patient with losers.
TFS' Eric Newman, whose team earned Alternative Managers of the Year honors, says watching for insider signals mainly in small caps allowed their fund to pull in the best absolute return in its category in 2012.
Van Eck's David Schassler focuses on multialternative strategies for his clients and says any alternative allocation lower than 10% enters into 'why bother?' territory.
Morningstar's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.
Managed-futures strategies--now available to normal investors--can diversify traditional portfolios.
Morningstar.com's article, blog, and video coverage of the 2012 Investment Conference.
March 19-23: Tips and picks for diversifying your stock and bond holdings and getting a handle on alternative investments.
During the most recent market downturn, a handful of offerings did not stand their ground.