ANTs: Using Alternative and Non-Traditional Investments to Allocate Your Assets in an Uncertain World

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Asset allocation is no longer just about diversification, but aboutpreserving wealth and growing profits under any market condition.More importantly, that diversification must move beyond stocks,bonds, and cash. In these volatile, synchronized, andinterconnected global markets, one has to look to alternativeassets for diversification to protect one's downside risk and getthe best possible returns. Unfortunately, most investors still basetheir fundamental investment decisions on ...

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Overview

Asset allocation is no longer just about diversification, but aboutpreserving wealth and growing profits under any market condition.More importantly, that diversification must move beyond stocks,bonds, and cash. In these volatile, synchronized, andinterconnected global markets, one has to look to alternativeassets for diversification to protect one's downside risk and getthe best possible returns. Unfortunately, most investors still basetheir fundamental investment decisions on whether they think we arein a "bull" or a "bear" market.

The problem with this simplified and outdated investmentstrategy is that it just doesn't work anymore. Instead of bulls andbears, says investment strategist Dr. Bob Froehlich, we should belooking at butterflies and ANTs—alternative andnon-traditional asset classes. In ANTs, Froehlichintroduces them to you and shows you how they can significantlyimprove your portfolio's returns in a meaningful way.

Just as seemingly insignificant changes can produce wildlydramatic impacts in weather patterns around the globe—the"butterfly effect"—all of the world's stock markets and bondsmarkets are also connected in the same way. Everything that happensanywhere around the globe will eventually have an impact on allstock and bond markets.ANTs shows how to take advantageof this "new world order" through eight alternative andnon-traditional asset classes. From commodities and currency tocollectibles and more, Froehlich tells how to use ANTs to create adiversified portfolio that will thrive in today's volatile,interconnected world financial markets.

Perhaps most importantly, the author also explains that ifyou are going to invest in these alternative and non-traditionalasset classes, you must have the help and assistance of a financialadvisor. He details why, and then explains what to look for in anadvisor and how to choose one. Together, using this book as aguide, you and your financial advisor can customize a plan thatwill profit in any market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470944998
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 1,530,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT J. FROEHLICH is an executive vice president and chief investment strategist at The Hartford. Froehlich has over thirty years of Wall Street and Main Street experience. Known as "Dr. Bob" to many, he is highly regarded as an investment expert and has delivered speeches on investing in 107 different countries, as well as in all fifty states. Dr. Bob regularly appears on CNBC, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, and Reuters TV, and has been frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Barron's.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

The Butterfly Effect.

In This Book.

It's the Little Things.

Chapter 1 The 90 Percent Factor: Why Asset AllocationMatters.

Part One ANTs Come in a Variety of Shapes and Sizes: EightANT Asset Classes.

Chapter 2 If You Build It, They Will Come: Investing inCommodities.

Chapter 3 Money Makes the World Go Round: How to TradeCurrencies.

Chapter 4 Get Real: Investing in Real Estate.

Chapter 5 The Bridge to Everywhere: Investing inInfrastructure.

Chapter 6 Follow the Bouncing Ball: Using Interest RateHedge to Offset Monetary Policy Risk.

Chapter 7 Up, Up, and Away: Using Inflation Hedge toProtect Your Portfolio.

Chapter 8 “Derivatives” Isn’t a DirtyWord: Using Derivatives to Reduce Risk.

Chapter 9 Garage Sale Anyone? Investing inCollectibles.

Part Two Advice for ANTs.

Chapter 10 ANTs Go Marching Two by Two: Hiring aFinancial Adviser.

Chapter 11 The Axis of Evil: Avoiding the Three MostCommon Mistakes.

Chapter 12 ANT Attack: Developing Your ANTsPortfolio.

Appendix ANTSpeak: A Unique Glossary of Alternative andNon-Traditional Investment Terms (Opinions Included).

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Other Investment Books by Dr. Bob Froehlich.

How to Follow Dr. Bob: Weekly Market Commentary.

Index.

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