"This book fills an otherwise empty niche in the literature of alternative investing. Neither breathless cheerleading nor a dry mathematical tome, it focuses on the numerous real-world issues that face practitioners. I recommend Alternative Assets and Strategic Allocation to anyone with a serious interest in investing."
Steven Resnick, General Partner, Navigator Capital Partners
"I think this book is a must-read for those interested in alternative investments. John's years of due diligence experience and his fresh and candid writing style make this a valuable body of work whether you are a fund allocator looking for a robust and practical analytical framework or a fund manager who could benefit from the perspective of his target audience."
James Murchie, founder, Energy Income Partners, LLC
"The key question for all investors is asset allocation, [which is] far more important than investment management. Thus, whether you are exposed to alternative investments or not, you must know why you've chosen where to allocate. Abbink offers ingenious answers and provides endless food for thought, yet delivers the even more valuable service of indicating where answers are unavailable and unlikely to be forthcoming."
Michael Mainelli, Professor Emeritus of Commerce and Fellow of Gresham College and cofounder of the Z/Yen Group of companies
"This volume is addressed to investment policymakers who are confronted with the task of making investment allocation decisions that embrace both conventional and alternative assets."
From the Introduction
In this innovative and practical guide, investment expert John Abbink offers institutional investors, analysts, researchers, portfolio managers, and financial academics a down-to-earth method for measuring and analyzing alternative assets.
Written as a practical (rather than a theoretical) guide, Alternative Assets and Strategic Allocation includes a clear explanation of how to apply the book's techniques to investment decisions. Abbink outlines a strategic approach for including alternative investments into portfolios and shows the pivotal role they play in an investment allocation. This reliable resource also offers a wealth of methods on valuation as applied to alternatives.
Using the information found in this book, investors will have a clearer sense of how to approach investment problems when working with alternative assets.