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Winter Has Come for Alternative Funds

January's stock market swoon puts a spotlight on liquid alternatives.

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Early January 2016 has called to mind the ominous refrain from Game of Thrones that "winter is coming." Uncertainty over economic growth in China, oil-driven deflation, and the end of quantitative easing in the United States have driven a stark sell-off in equities that has understandably sent a chill through investors and their portfolios. The S&P 500 has shed 8% through the first 15 days of the year. It's the worst start to a calendar year ever for the index.

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Jason Kephart does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.