The market for alternative investments has grown by 400% since the financial crisis of 2008.
Since 2008, problems have persisted in traditional stockmarket-focused areas of saving, investing and financial planning. Many people have been disappointed by the returns on their money. In the 13 years since the year 2000, the FTSE 100 is virtually unchanged. High volatility has been a constant feature and it's expected to continue whilst debt across the world remains at record levels. Investors have also been put off by high charges, significant bonuses and the perception of a selfish culture in financial services and banking.
Against this backdrop, it's not surprising there's been a growing appetite for alternative ways to invest that doesn't involve the stockmarket.
8 Alternative Investment Sectors Arranged In Risk Order
Set out below are each of the eight sectors that make up the alternative investment area. We've listed them in risk order, with property representing the lowest risk in our opinion. Click on the relevant blue buttons to see more detail about each sector.
Alternative Investment: Property (1 of 8)
Property is the best known alternative investment widely used as a diversifier in traditional portfolios and is, perhaps, now more mainstream than ‘alternative’. Read about alternative investment Property.Property
Alternative Investment: Precious Metals (2 of 8)
There are three key drivers behind precious metals prices - investors looking for a store of wealth, industrial demand and speculators expecting price growth. Read about alternative investment Precious Metals.Precious Metals
Alternative Investment: Farmland (3 of 8)
Productive agricultural land is a tangible asset that can be directly owned and offers the prospect of both regular income and capital preservation. Read about alternative investment Farmland.Farmland
Alternative Investment: Forestry (4 of 8)
There are a significant number of drivers behind forestry investment, including a desire to invest in green projects, growing timber prices and relatively consistent returns. Read about alternative investment Forestry.Forestry
Alternative Investment: Energy (5 of 8)
Energy has been a long standing classic defensive investment, with success dependent on actively managed funds, regular portfolio rebalancing and diversification. Read about alternative investment Energy.Energy
Alternative Investment: Land (6 of 8)
Land has been a directly held alternative store of wealth for the rich for centuries. There are now more opportunities for retail investors to purchase land, but investments need careful assessment. Read about alternative investment Land.Land
Alternative Investment: Collectibles (7 of 8)
Collectibles include classic cars, fine wines, art, stamps, furniture, antiques, watches and jewellery. They are rarely approved for SIPPs but store wealth due to their status as highly desirable items. Read about alternative investment Collectibles.Collectibles
Alternative Investment: Other Investments (8 of 8)
There are other investments that do not fall into the other sectors, some of which are explored in this section. Read about alternative investment Other Investments.Other Investments
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