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The rewards of carefully chosen alternative investments can begreat. But many investors don’t know enough about unfamiliarinvestments to make wise choices.   For that reason, financialadvisers Larry Swedroe and Jared Kizer designed this book to bringinvestors up to speed on the twenty most popular alternativeinvestments:

Real estate, Inflation-protected securities, Commodities,International equities, Fixed annuities, Stable-value funds,High-yield (junk) bonds, Private equity (venture capital), Coveredcalls, Socially responsible mutual funds, Precious metals equities,Preferred stocks, Convertible bonds, Emerging market bonds, Hedgefunds, Leveraged buyouts, Variable annuities, Equity-indexedannuities, Structured investment products, Leveraged funds 

The authors describe how the investments work, the pros and cons ofeach, which to consider, which to avoid, and how to get started.Swedroe and Kizer evaluate each investment in terms of:

  • Expected returns
  • Volatility
  • Distribution of returns
  • Diversification potential
  • Fees
  • Trading and operating expenses
  • Liquidity
  • Tax efficiency
  • Account location
  • Role in an asset-allocation program 

Any investor who is considering or just curious about investmentopportunities outside the traditional world of stocks, bonds, andbank certificates of deposit would be well-advised to read thisbook.

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