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A comprehensive guide to alternative investments that revealstoday's latest research and strategies Historically low interest rates and bear markets in world stockmarkets have generated intense interest in alternative investments.With returns in traditional investment vehicles relatively low,many professional investors view alternative investments as a meansof meeting their return objectives. Alternative Investments:Instruments, Performance, Benchmarks, and Strategies, can putyou in a better position to achieve this difficult goal. Part of the Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, AlternativeInvestments provides an in-depth discussion of the historicperformance, benchmarks, and strategies of every major alternativeinvestment market. With contributions from professionals andacademics around the world, it offers valuable insights on thelatest trends, research, and thinking in each major area. Empiricalevidence about each type of alternative investment is featured,with research presented in a straightforward manner. Examines a variety of major alternative asset classes, fromreal estate, private equity, and commodities to managed futures,hedge funds, and distressed securities Provides detailed insights on the latest research andstrategies, and offers a thorough explanation of historicalperformance, benchmarks, and other critical information Blends knowledge from the conceptual world of scholars with thepragmatic view of practitioners in this field Alternative investments provide a means of diversification, riskcontrol, and return enhancement and, as such, are attractive tomany professional investors. If you're looking for an effective wayto hone your skills in this dynamic area of finance, look nofurther than this book.