For the purposes of the report, alternative investments were defined to include hedge funds, structured products, foreign currencies, commodities, private equity/venture capital and derivatives.
“In highly volatile markets, more investments are hedged, as there is more potential for profitability,” says the report. “The year 2006 proved to be an unfavourable year for structured products and hedge funds as market volatility subsided. The Volatility Index (VIX), which tracks market volatility o
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