The main problem with bonds and equities is they perform poorly when inflation is high or rising, so the best thing an alternative asset class can offer is a hedge against inflation.
One that stands out is renewable energy where government-mandated incentives are designed to encourage investment in new capacity and thus the shift away from fossil fuel based electricity production. What this means for investors is returns tend to be stable as well as inflation-linked.
One typical renewable energy fund has performed better than the equity market since launch in 2013, with lower volatility, and indeed is negatively correlated to the equity market. So, adding such investments to your portfolio can substantially enhance its return-risk profile. They should also perform well if and when inflation starts to rise.
Published in Investment Week
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