If you are a human and an investor there is good news and bad news. The bad news first. Your brain sucks. It operates in almost every way possible to encourage you to make bad investing decisions. It is also why you care a lot more about the Fed’s actions than you really should.
A test will easily demonstrate your faulty brain at work.
It's been a little while since we visited the topic of alternative investments. In the last piece, published in January, we tried to wrap our arms around what the term 'alternative' really means. Today we're going to look at how alternatives are actually used. While the focus is on the asset side of the equation (as opposed to the strategy side), this snapshot can give you an idea of how real world investors position alternatives in their portfolios.
One thing I wanted to point out is that there are some alternatives that can not or should not be used in certain parts of your portfolio. For example, collectibles are generally an outright no-no in your IRA. Also, while limited partnerships are allowed, they are fraught with peril in IRAs due to a tax term called Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI), which could subject the IRA to current taxation.