Alternative Mutual Funds-Things to Consider

Written by admin on April 13th, 2011

Many potential investors hear the word “volatility” and think they want to stay as far away as possible. Unfortunately, volatility in a mutual fund has really gotten a bad rap and it is not always bad. In fact, volatility can be very helpful in alternative mutual funds if it correlates between your investments in the right way. That might be a little confusing, but what it means is that if overall all of your investments are highly volatile then you are playing with fire. However, if you invest in many different currencies, industries, classes and use multiple strategies you can invest in alternative mutual funds with higher volatility on their own but when put together in a portfolio the overall volatility is lower than a “Low volatility” fund. You will need to be well educated in choosing alternative mutual funds and understanding volatility and its correlation to your portfolio. However, if you don’t know how to do this then you can hire a manager who is an expert and capable of helping you. The goal is to create a portfolio of alternative mutual funds that is capable of outperforming the stock market long term. Make sure you find an adviser who is willing to help you create the right correlation of volatility among your portfolio so you have a better chance of making money long term than you would with bonds or other low risk investments. One consideration would be to invest in foreign currencies .You will have volatility that does not correlate to the other funds in your portfolio and have the potential for great returns. Any time you anticipate the dollar declining it is a good idea to invest in foreign currencies. When investing in alternative mutual funds you always want to find a competitive advantage. What this means is that you need to find the funds that have something a little different than all of the rest of the funds that make it better. It could be a special strategy for investing or hedging perhaps is great talent among the investors, or simply a long history of performing better than the rest of the market. Many investors only want to invest in alternative mutual funds once it has proven itself and has a long history. However, many of the best alternative mutual funds will close to new investors before it has this type of history. As a result, it makes sense to invest in a new fund from a successful company if they will be using a strategy that has been successful in the past.

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