Hey Sylvia, Quick Question: What’s an Alternative? (Video)

By Dr. Sylvia Kwan

Sylvia Kwan has nearly 35 years in the investing industry, as well as a PhD in engineering economic systems from Stanford, and she helped build Ellevest from the ground up as our Chief Investment Officer. So you could say she knows a thing or two about investing. We decided to bottle up some of that golden knowledge for you in our new video series, “Hey Sylvia, Quick Question.”

Hot off the press: What’s an alternative?

Sylvia’s answer:

An alternative investment is any investment that’s not a stock or a bond. So, for example, take real estate; commodities such as corn or soybeans; precious metals like gold, silver, platinum; or even an art collection or a rare wine collection.

At Ellevest, we seek alternative investments that move differently from bonds and stocks. So, for example, if stocks take a downturn, whatever caused that downturn would be unlikely to impact an alternative investment in the same way.

Adding these types of investments to your portfolio helps diversify it, helps lower overall portfolio risk, and has the potential to enhance returns.


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Dr. Sylvia Kwan

Dr. Sylvia Kwan is the Chief Investment Officer of Ellevest.