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DIY investor: Off-beat investments

For investors prepared to try the unfamiliar, the returns can be very good

By Andy Davis   June 2016

Ovenden Moor Windfarm ©Nigel-Homer/ WikimediaCommons

The past few years have been among the most challenging that most investors will have faced—whether they are running a major pension fund or an ISA portfolio. The traditional places to put your money—high-quality bonds or dividend-paying companies—have become worryingly expensive by most people’s standards and this has induced some to venture into less familiar terrain.

Among the biggest, institutional investors this “reach for yield” has seen growing demand for so-called “alternative assets.” These range from well-tenanted commercial property with…

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