What are Alternative Investments?
Alternative investments generally refer to anything other than stocks, bonds and cash. They include real estate, private equity (including venture capital), hedge funds, commodities like gold or silver coins, oil futures contracts or options, collectables like artworks or coins. Private market investments such as private property loans and direct assets are also considered alternatives as they are not available via publicly traded markets and are harder to access for regular investors.
Assets in alternatives have grown more than three-fold since 2008, with assets under management increasing from $3.1 trillion to $10.3 trillion at the end of 2019, according to Preqin’s “Alternatives in 2020.” That growth will likely continue, believes Preqin, reaching $14 trillion by 2023.1 Institutional investors have increased their allocations to alternatives dramatically. Willis Towers Watson’s “Global Pension Assets Study 2020” found that alternative allocations for the world’s largest pension funds now average 23%, up from roughly 6% in 1999.2 That’s another trend likely to persist. The Preqin study found that 84% of the investors surveyed planned to increase their alternative allocations over the next five years.
For individual investors and family offices the moves have been similar. With index investing and ETFs now so common for the core part of portfolios, investors are looking for something different to generate outperformance. Private debt and private real estate are two key areas of growth in alternative investing, Avari are very experienced in both of these fields.
With less liquidity, alternative investments are mostly targeted at institutional investors, high net worth individuals, and other wholesale investors who have large initial capital available, however often smalled amounts can be invested in this sector relatively easily. Avari Capital Partner is a licensed Australian funds management company, we offer alternative investment in private lending and direct commercial property. We take a value add approach to generate returns for investors, we do not buy and hold and wait for growth, which makes us stand out from our competitors.