Time To Look At Alternative Investments?

A couple of lecturers and practitioners who have written a book on alternative investments take to the panel for the upcoming WED WEB CHAT.

What to invest in? That must be a weighty topic on the minds of those who have been following the old prescribed routes of cash, stocks and bonds.

Alternative investments are subjected to fewer regulations, which make them attractive. They may not be that new, but given the state of the global financial markets, it may be a less volatile way of keeping one’s money working. And there are new investment tools you can add to this toolkit.

Private equity or venture capital, hedge funds, real property, commodities, and tangible assets are examples of alternative investments. Cryptocurrencies and collectibles are also growing in popularity.

Matthew Dearth and Ku Swee Yong have written Getting Started In Alternative Investments (Wiley), which has just been released. The book covers topics ranging from cryptocurrencies to streetwear, catastrophe bonds and non-fungible tokens, as well as the current business buzz phrase ESG and its impact on different financial instruments.

“Anyone with even an ounce of financial curiosity should explore the fascinating world of alternative investments that extends well beyond stocks and bonds. I guarantee you’ll be surprised by all the different ways to invest your money,” says Matthew Dearth, PhD, Managing Director at Silvercrest Asset Management (Singapore), a leading independent advisory and financial services firm created to provide traditional and alternative asset management and focused family office services to wealthy families and select institutional investors. 

Matthew is also Adjunct Faculty of Finance at Singapore Management University, where he teaches graduate-level finance courses on sustainable investing and alternative investments. 

“The global economic environment can only get more choppy,” reckons Ku Swee Yong, CEO of International Property Advisor and co-author of Getting Started In Alternative Investments. 

“Investors are getting more weary, and probably more wary, about traditional listed stocks and bonds.”

“The good old days of passive, buy-and-hold, ‘fire-and-forget’ style of investments are limited,” says the licensed real estate agent who has authored 6 books on real estate.

“To generate meaningful returns, investors need to go back to school, work harder and get familiar with a larger range of assets in order to cast their investment nets wider.”

Swee Yong was an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore Management University and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Design and Environment.

Join Matthew Dearth and Ku Swee Yong on the WED WEB CHAT on 3 May 2023 from 12:45pm — 1:30pm (SGT). Register for the session via this link: https://zurl.co/SBnv

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