Alternative strategies

Look ahead, not through the rearview mirror

Listen to Walter Davis, Invesco Alternatives Strategist, discuss the importance of investing in alternatives.

What are alternative investments?

Invesco defines alternatives as investments other than publicly traded, long-only equities and fixed income. This definition is intentionally broad and inclusive, and includes investments such as those that:

  • Engage in shorting (i.e. seeking to profit from a decline in the value of an asset) such as:
    • Global macro
    • Market neutral
    • Long/short equity strategies
  • Invest in asset classes other than stocks and bonds, such as:
    • Commodities
    • Natural resources
    • Infrastructure
    • Master limited partnerships (MLPs)
    • Real estate
  • Invest in illiquid and/or privately traded assets, such as:
    • Private equity
    • Venture capital
    • Private credit

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1 Invesco as of Dec. 31, 2017. Includes private real estate, alternative credit, liquid inflation hedges, hedged and macro strategies, and private equity.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of loss.

Alternative products typically hold more non-traditional investments and employ more complex trading strategies, including hedging and leveraging through derivatives, short selling and opportunistic strategies that change with market conditions. Investors considering alternatives should be aware of their unique characteristics and additional risks from the strategies they use. Like all investments, performance will fluctuate. You can lose money.