Tuesday, 23 October 2012
The Growing Popularity of Alternative Investments
However quite to the contrary, one positive trend that is currently emerging in the investment world, is the growing popularity of alternative investments and non-traditional investing options. Money managers all over the world are scurrying to get in on these new opportunities and the demand is expected to continue to rise, as traditional investing methods continue to fail. This is seen as a good thing, as it brings more competition into the global free-enterprise market, and creates more opportunity to generate new wealth; and diversify an investment portfolio. This approach ultimately leads to a wider foundation, on which to build long-term economic prosperity, throughout the world.
Results from a recent study by one of the world’s largest asset managers, indicated that close to 70% of individual investors are looking for new investment options, to replace the traditional approaches that have not been producing favorable results. The CEO of Natixis in the Americas and Asia, John Hailer, said that investors “would like to try new ways of investing, but they would also like to sleep at night.” The survey also revealed some other interesting numbers. It noted that a growing number of investors (almost 68%) prefer to invest in products and make investments that are easy to understand. Those numbers will certainly increase as the decade unfolds, as more investors become educated as to the benefits of alternative investments.