Why RBC alternative strategies?

Our broad selection of alternative investments gives Canadian investors more ways to meet their investment goals.

Enhance risk-adjusted returns

Alternatives can include strategies that help improve returns and/or lower risk relative to traditional asset classes.

Create higher yield opportunities

Alternatives can provide access to investments such as real estate and infrastructure that offer stable, attractive yields with potential for growth.

Improve portfolio diversification and stability

Alternatives can add new sources of returns, improving overall portfolio diversification, consistency of returns, and resiliency in down markets.

About alternative investments

Strategies to diversify across major asset classes and geographies

Alternative investments offer investors the potential for lower risk and better long term outcomes in their portfolios

Alternative Investments represent a range of non-traditional investments that can provide investors with additional sources of diversification (lower risk) AND income for their portfolios.  As opposed to traditional portfolios of stocks and bonds, alternatives may include direct exposure to infrastructure, timberland, farmland, real estate, private equity and private debt to name a few.

Many of Canada’s pension plans, some of the largest and most respected in the world, now have allocations of over 25% to alternative investment strategies, with some as high as 50%.  A few of these include the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board.  This trend began in the early 90s with the goal of better diversifying their portfolios and strengthening their long term risk adjusted returns.

Until recently, access has been limited to these very large investors, due primarily to two large obstacles; accessibility and liquidity.  Through RBC’s expertise, scale and partnership, we have been able to work with some of the leading global providers of alternative investments to bring our high net worth and qualified clients access to this unique and important asset class. 

Please reach out to our team to learn more about Alternative Investments and how they can strengthen your overall portfolio.