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How to Diversify your Portfolio with Alternative Assets while Maximising Returns

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

Investing in different local assets in the name of diversification won’t help anyone. Investors need to go beyond the boundaries of nations and create global portfolios that are mutually independent and exponentially profiting. Here, we discuss in detail the exact advantages of preferring global investment opportunities over local investments. Read along to also find out how adding early-stage startup investments to the mix can boost ROIs by multifold.


The global market celebrated a new milestone as the three major US markets Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite, recorded their all-time highs in the first week of November 2021. Similar uptick trends have been seen in almost all stock markets since 2020. However, the localized volatility and steady depreciation in the Indian rupee have forced investors to trust alternative global investments more than ever now.

A smart investor portfolio has the perfect balance of stable and risk assets diversified to reduce the correlation and consequences of individual assets in an investment portfolio. And international markets and budding businesses fit this definition more than any alternative investment options.

As a matter of fact, Indian investments in the US market increased 2.6 times from INR 2,099 crore in 2019 to INR 7,688 crore in 2020, mainly because of the following reasons.

Multi-fold Returns

While the Indian markets have steadily grown over the years, their rate of returns (ROR) is not as exponential and lucrative as other global markets. Over the past three years, where Sensex has offered a CAGR of 19.86%, NASDAQ has rewarded investors with a CAGR of 28.49%. And this is primarily because the current industrial mammoths like Amazon, Google, Netflix, Tesla, Microsoft, Apple, etc., are part of this market.

Companies like these are highly trusted and promise continuous growth and innovation and hence, offer the opportunity of gaining supernormal returns. Global investing stacks allow investors from all countries to get a share of these most lucrative markets that are less risky and volatile.

True Diversification

Even seasoned investors misinterpret diversification as choosing more alternative investment options in the same country and market. To achieve true diversification, there has to be minimal to no correlation or influence of any two investments in a portfolio. It means the distribution of capital across countries, markets, industries, currencies, economic cycles, and political environments.

Investors can buffer the volatility of each of these aspects only through multinational investments. This is a common practice in US markets, especially S&P 500 companies which comprise 40% foreign investment.

Currency hedging

Over the last 20 years, since Oct 2001, Indian Rupee has depreciated against the US Dollar by 53.4% - or 2.5% per year. A look at forward rates shows that this trend is likely to continue. Investing in global securities listed on the US stock exchanges enables investors to benefit in their investments from the Rupee’s depreciation. This works like a bonus on top of the returns delivered by your global investment.

Endless Opportunities

All countries and their markets have a dominating sector that is highly lucrative; for example, US markets have tech and healthcare, Europe has engineering, and Australia has commodities. Investors who invest locally are restricted by their available options in a market or a country and often miss out on game-changing investment opportunities in international markets.

Be it equities, bonds, ETFs, REITs, BDCs, SPACS, commodities, or startups, global investing opens up numerous avenues for investors to cherry-pick their investment assets from a whole new range of options with varying risk & return profiles. Additionally, investors can choose to build a themed portfolio in specific sectors or a diverse portfolio targeting all sectors without worrying much about local volatility.

Higher Investment Security

India, being an emerging economy, is still affected by the pessimistic ripple effects of other developed economies. Moreover, the rising crude oil prices, increasing interest rates, and introduction of new taxations have been causing sporadic dips in the Indian markets for several years now. Ultimately, Indian markets have become relatively more volatile and risky for HNIs and private investors.

On the other hand, international markets have shown a constantly bullish trend with no signs of dipping. And one of its causes is the higher security and assurance features they offer to foreign investors. In the US, for example, securities of up to $500,000 are insured by the SIPC. This upholds the interest of retail investors and empowers them to explore more opportunities at typical risks.

Investing in Startups

Another branch of alternative investments that investors are head over heels for is early-stage startup investing. Today, percent returns from successful startups can range from hundreds to thousands for early-stage investors, and it can be as lucrative as global investment strategies. And there are many long-term perks to investing in startups, such as:

Tax Benefits

Governments across the world, including India, are working with VCs and angels to encourage startup investments. As of 2018, certain angel investors in India get a 100% tax exemption on profits generated by the startup for three years with additional rebates, which is a hefty return on investment for any investor.

Market Reputation

Backing a startup with potential shows an investor’s risk-taking capability and the intention to help budding companies grow and find better opportunities. Angels gain as much fame as profits from successful startup investments that too with better control over the management and flexible exit strategies.

International Collaboration

International investment in Indian startups is no news, and it is set to surge with the increasing number of disruptive tech startups. Investors backing such globally attractive startups always have the chance to work with international partners and expand their business.

Final Thoughts

While investing in global markets has proven profitable across industries, having a curated portfolio strategy can help you make the best of those opportunities. If you’re new to global investing, you can find financial advisors with ready-to-invest global investing stacks designed to offer more returns than any conventional assets. Working with international fund managers offers an exclusive edge of benefiting from local and global investments simultaneously.

You can continue to this article to know more about thematic investing in global markets.


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"A smart investor portfolio has the perfect balance of stable and risk assets diversified to reduce the correlation and consequences of individual assets in an investment portfolio" ..... awesome !

In other words, spread your investments across different assets which have different risk-return profiles. This will ensure stability, consistency and above average returns.

Sometimes we should listen to our parents ... mine said in simple words "don't put all your eggs in the same basket" ... short, yet relevant in investing too.

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