The Ultra Wealthy are Private (Funds) People

Kelly Park Capital
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In today's diverse and complex financial environment, having a well-balanced investment portfolio is crucial for achieving long-term financial goals. More and more investors are now recognizing the potential of alternative investments as an essential component in asset allocation.

Understanding Asset Allocation 

Asset Allocation involves structuring an investment portfolio in a way that balances risks as well as rewards.  This balance is achieved by dividing a portfolio's assets based on personal investment objectives, risk tolerance, and time frame for investment. The division of primary assets encompass equities, fixed income investments, as well as cash and its equivalents, each with varying risk and return profiles. A successful asset allocation strategy not only distributes your investments over a variety of assets but also minimizes the risk of substantial losses in case one asset class underperforms. This strategy allows for consistent portfolio performance, without the consideration of the fluctuations in a particular asset. 

The Power of Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments, “in the form of private funds”, embody a broad spectrum of non-traditional assets, ranging from private equity, private credit  and real estate to commodities and non-correlated funds. Alternative Investments gain traction among investors due to their ability to operate independently of the conventional stock and bond markets, thereby offering the potential for high returns.

It's true that these investments can carry a higher degree of risk due to their complex nature and limited liquidity. However, with cautious management and a clear understanding of unique risk and return characteristics, alternative investments can become a formidable component of an investors portfolio.  Their incorporation can increase the potential for enhanced returns while also mitigating risks associated with traditional asset classes. 

The chart shown below illustrates where the “sophisticated” asset allocators, such as ultra-high net worth investors, and Endowments and Foundations believe there is increasing risk/reward  value, namely in alternatives.  Ultra-high net worth investors, typically characterized by investable assets exceeding roughly $30 million, enjoy distinct advantages when incorporating alternatives into their portfolios. By imposing these unique alternatives, ultra-high net worth investors can achieve greater portfolio diversity and potentially realize higher returns. 

What this graph also speaks to, albeit more subtly, is the accessibility of private fund alternatives to these allocator types. Arguably, those with the greatest accessibility to alternatives are the most likely to engage them as a meaningful allocation. Alternatives are however, becoming more accessible to the mass affluent and HNW investor types through their independent wealth advisors.

The "60/40"  Stock-Bond Portfolio

Historically, the “60/40 stock-bond” portfolio has been a popular strategy among investors. The general guidelines is to allocate 60% of your portfolio towards stocks for potential growth and 40% towards bonds for income generation and stability. This method has been successful over the years due to its simplicity and the balance it provides. However, given the very real potential for an extended low interest rate environment and the increase in equity market unpredictability, the traditional model is being challenged. Investors, especially with the experience of 2022 (where both stocks and bonds broadly declined) are beginning to recognize that the “60/40” model may no longer provide the same level of security and returns it once did. The evolving financial landscape is encouraging investors to reassess this approach and consider adding more diverse and potentially profitable assets to their portfolios, such as alternatives. 

endowment returns
Chart courtesy of Commonfund Institute. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
Allocation Across Alt's
Efficient Frontier


Reimagining the “60/40” Portfolio with Alternatives

As we know, the financial world is experiencing a shift, causing investors to reconsider the conventional “60/40” portfolio and move towards incorporating alternative investments. Imagine your portfolio transformed; rather than the traditional allocation, it's now composed of possibly 50% equities, 30% bonds, and an added 20% of alternative investments. This altered blend has the potential to not only generate higher returns, but also to offer a safety net against market volatility by broadening investment horizons. 


4 Reasons Physicians Should Consider Alternative Investment Funds, Accessed 12 Feb. 2024. 


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