Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:
A joint study by Ineichen Research Management and Virtus Investment
Partners claimed that alternative investments are still not fully
de-stigmatized by many investors despite the fact that their inclusion
in balanced portfolios has proven their merit at least twice during the
In publishing the first of a series of reports, Alexander Ineichen, lead
researcher of the study, said the report aims to demystify some of the
myths and misconceptions still surrounding alternative investments. An
"alternative investment" is essentially an investment that has not yet
Ineichen commented, "It is no secret that the public image of so-called
'alternatives,’ (e.g., hedge funds, vulture funds, private equity), is
far from pristine. Hedge funds are regularly blamed for market movement,
often irrespective of their being involved in a concerted fashion.
Vulture funds are in the news for 'helping’ Argentina with its
debt-issuance, and private equity firms are often taken to task for the
externalities left behind from corporate reorganization. Generally
speaking, alternatives are perceived as risky."
He explained that every investment, when viewed in isolation, is risky.
This is also true for any single investment, be it stocks, bonds, hedge
funds, farm land, art, etc. However, most investors do no......................
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