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English definition of “alternative investment”

alternative investment

noun [C]     FINANCE
investment in a financial product that someone has not considered before: The firm will increase its stake in venture capital and energy funds - it expects the alternative investments to provide returns of 16 to 18%.
investment in works of art, valuable objects, etc.: When it comes to alternative investments, prices of collector watches are rising steadily now.
(Definition of alternative investment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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