Summary of Alternative Investments 2020

An Introduction to Alternative Investments

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Alternative Investments 2020 summary
Alternative investments have gone from virtual obscurity to a $7 trillion industry that plays a crucial role in the global economy.


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Changing regulations, enabling technology and catalyzing events have propelled the alternative investment market from obscurity into a $7 trillion industry. Today, alternative investments are a vital source of growth capital and a critical pillar of the economy. The World Economic Forum offers an easy-to-read guide, replete with useful graphics and charts, to the basics of this often little-understood sector. While getAbstract never dispenses investment advice, it suggests this practical primer to those intrigued by an unconventional approach to investing.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the alternative investment sector has grown
  • What draws investors to hedge funds, private equity buyouts and venture capital
  • Why alternative investments have become an increasingly important engine of global growth


Private equity buyouts, hedge funds and venture capital form the core asset groups of alternative investments. Though their relative illiquidity, broad use of leverage and complex deal structures have drawn scrutiny from investors and regulators, these groups play a critical role in raising capital ...
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