Alternative Investments are generally those investments that are not publicly traded stock, bonds, or cash.
These kinds of investments are often used to provide greater portfolio diversification, a low correlation to a publicly traded portfolios, create the potential for distributions for income, and potential for growth.
While, as with all investments, past performance is not a guarantee of future results, the selective addition of alternative investments that have historically demonstrated lower correlation to traditional market indices may:
- Help to reduce overall portfolio volatility through diversification
- Potentially increase long-term portfolio performance through a variety of market conditions 
- Business Development Corporations
- Royalty Interests
- Non-Publicly Traded Real Estate Investment Trusts
- Equipment Leasing
- Oil& Gas Investments
- Land Banking
- Private Placements
- Hedge Funds
- Managed Future Private Equity and venture capital
- Precious Metals