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The Investment Assets Handbook: A definitive practical guide to asset classes by Yoram Lustig

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Introduction

Alternative investments, alternatives or AI are best classified by negation as not traditional investments (equities, bonds and cash). There is no definitive definition of alternative investments and the assets included in this category change and evolve. For some assets it is unclear whether they are alternative investments or not, or whether they are an asset class at all.

Arguably, alternative investments include real estate (sometimes classified as a traditional investment), commodities, private equity and hedge funds (not considered an asset class). These might be referred to as traditional alternative investments. Art, timber, volatility, leveraged loans and insurance-linked securities are examples of novel, perhaps modern, ...

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