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Alternative Thinking

Helping investors understand alternative investment strategies

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May 2024

Key takeaways

  • Alternative investments can help diversify a traditional portfolio and provide the potential for improved risk-adjusted returns.
  • Certain alternative investment strategies are now available to all investors, though it's key to understand risk and reward.
  • Hedge funds offer the potential to protect against volatility, while private capital may provide access to new markets.
  • We believe investors should consider diversifying portfolios with alternative Investments.

Helping investors understand alternative investments

Our strategic moderate growth and income allocation that includes alternative investments

Our belief is that many investors can benefit from alternative investments.


Alternative investments and real assets




Fixed income


Cash alternative

Source: Wells Fargo Investment Institute. Allocations are current as of July 18, 2022.

This chart is for illustrative and information purposes only and does not constitute advice or a recommendation of any investment strategy, including strategies that allocate to alternative investments.

Article written by:

Global Alternative Investment Strategist
Head of Global Asset Allocation Strategy
Global Portfolio and Investment Strategist