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By Cleo Chang - October 25, 2017
Alternative investments can be an important strategic addition to traditional portfolios. They're designed for weathering a volatile market, generating attractive returns and providing all-important diversification. But that also means they're not designed to outpace a rising market—like the one we're in now that began in 2009. As market gains extend further, a growing number of investors seem to be concerned about the equity market and the appetite for alternative strategies is on the rise.
The alternative investment universe is broad; I believe there's always opportunity to be found. As we extend into the later innings of the economic and business cycle, three areas seem well-suited to the environment:
Only one thing keeps me up at night. I address this "x factor" in the video below and share why I'm optimistic about alternative investments.
Even though asset-backed securities (ABS) represent a small part of the overall securitized market, learn about why we believe this asset class offers potential diversification benefits and attractive risk-adjusted performance.
Subprime automobile loans packaged as asset-backed securities (ABS) may offer attractive uncorrelated returns and a short duration profile, but don't come without risk.
Cleo Chang, Head of Investment Solutions, with the help of Asset TV tackles the difficult questions regarding alternative investments, including current environment, strategies to consider and path to implementation.
Three of the finest at American Century will discuss how they've managed their specific areas of expertise throughout all of it and what they see on the horizon in 2019.
Q3 was good to alternative investments, and SVP Cleo Chang expects a smooth period for the foreseeable future. Find out why in her Q4 update.
October 25, 2017
Alternative mutual funds that hold a variety of non-traditional investments also often employ more complex trading strategies than traditional mutual funds. Each of these different alternative asset classes and investment strategies have unique risks making them more suitable for investors with an above average tolerance for risk.
Diversification does not assure a profit nor does it protect against loss of principal.
The opinions expressed are those of American Century Investments (or the portfolio manager) and are no guarantee of the future performance of any American Century Investments' portfolio. This material has been prepared for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, investment, accounting, legal or tax advice.