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Invest Like an Institution: Professional Strategies for Funding a Successful Retirement by Michael C. Schlachter

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Alternative Asset Classes

Going Beyond Stocks and Bonds

Alternative investments are generally the biggest differentiator between the asset allocation mixes of institutional investors, like pension plans or endowments, and individual investors. Whereas a major university endowment might have 50% or more of its portfolio invested with private equity managers or hedge funds, the average person normally does not have access to these kinds of investments in a typical 401(k) plan.

If you choose to invest in alternative asset classes, you are making an asset allocation decision. However, because your ability to invest in alternative asset classes is ...

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