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9 Alternative Assets for Everyday Investors

Bond funds are bleeding value as the market adjusts to the end of quantitative easing and interest rates lurch back up to something like historical norms. But with a hit-or-miss earnings season raising hackles in the stock market, investors are searching high and low for places to put their money beyond conventional equity and fixed income instruments.Unfortunately for those hunting that kind of escape route, most "alternative" assets – hedge funds, private equity, real estate and anything else you can invest in beyond stocks, bonds and cash – have generally been reserved for accredited investors with a lot of wealth, high incomes or both. The theory is that while a big institutional portfolio can benefit from a touch of exposure to these vehicles, a more concentrated dose can be deadly to a nest egg or other retail-level account if the asset class sours.Even so, non-millionaires have been asking me how they can a shift a bit of money and capture some of the diversification advantage t...

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