Using Alternatives in Client Portfolios

By Murray Coleman
September 7, 2016

Mark Armbruster speaks with Murray Coleman on how with low-interest rates and high correlations of other asset classes, alternatives can fill a much-needed gap. Historically we’ve used alternatives as sort of their own asset class. But with interest rates so low right now, the expected returns for bonds over the next decade is really below what anybody reasonably would want to accept. In fact, when you factor in inflation, expected returns may be negative. And so we started to think about other asset classes that are uncorrelated to stocks that can help control risk in the portfolio but have higher expected returns than what you’re going to get with bonds.

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