What are Alternative Investments?

Guggenheim Alts

Alternative investments (or alts) are generally those outside the traditional asset classes of stocks, bonds or cash. Alternative investments differ widely in their composition and scope—including such vehicles as hedge funds, real estate, precious metals, managed futures, private equity and commodities. We offer a variety of educational tools and resources for understanding alternative investments and how they can be accessed through mutual funds. Click on the links for more information.


The alternatives strategies and asset classes mentioned are not suitable for all investors. Many alternative strategies use sophisticated and aggressive investment techniques such as leveraging, short selling and derivatives. The more you invest in leveraged instruments, the more the leverage will magnify any gains or losses on those investments. The use of short selling involves increased risks and costs. You risk paying more for a security than you received from its sale. Theoretically, stocks sold short have the risk of unlimited losses. The use of derivatives such as futures, options and swap agreements may expose an investment to additional risks that it would not be subject to if you invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives. Additionally, certain alternative strategies tied to hard assets such as commodities, currencies and real estate, may be subject to greater volatility as they may be affected by overall market movements, changes in interest rates or factors affecting a particular industry, commodity or currency, -such as droughts, floods, weather, livestock disease, embargos, tariffs and international economic, political and regulatory developments. No investment strategy can guarantee a return in a declining market. Additionally, an investor could lose all or a substantial amount of their investment. For more information about these strategies and their risks please consult your financial advisor.

This material is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of the subject matters discussed. It is intended to be general in nature and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation of any specific security or strategy. Before investing in any of the investment products or strategies discussed, consult with your financial advisor to determine if they are appropriate for your objectives, risk tolerance, income level and investing time horizon.

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