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Real Assets Adviser

August 1, 2015: Vol. 2, Number 8

Hard Assets: There is a crucial component of the endowment model that individual investors often overlook

Author: Prateek Mehrotra

Real assets, also known as hard assets, are to Yale’s and Harvard’s endowment investing model what logs are to cabins. Real assets — the umbrella term for real estate, commodities, energy, infrastructure, natural resources and master limited partnerships — are a crucial component of the endowment model of investing because of their response to economic cycles and their fundamental merits. They are not just for institutional investors; they belong in the portfolios of individual investors as well.

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