If you are working with high-net-worth clients, it’s likely that at some point you will be asked to offer guidance about alternative investments. Whether it’s a hedge fund, real estate or a racehorse, it’s important for advisers to know not only the upside potential of such activity, but also the particular risks and vulnerabilities.

Some investments are harder to advise on than others — think of rare coins and art — but if you can, you distinguish yourself.

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