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What Are Private Alternative Investments?

Private alternative investments refer to investments that are outside the traditional stock and bond markets. In Canada, private alternative investments include real estate, private equity, hedge funds, commodities, and other non-publicly traded assets.

These investments can offer the potential for higher returns than traditional investments, but they also come with higher risks and more limited liquidity. Private alternative investments are often only available to accredited investors, who meet certain income and net worth requirements, and are able to meet the higher minimum investment amounts required for these types of investments.

Private alternative investments can be an important component of a diversified investment portfolio, but it is important to understand the risks involved and to carefully consider your investment goals and risk tolerance before investing. Consulting with a financial advisor can help you determine if private alternative investments are appropriate for your situation.


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Mitch McLean is an Ottawa based estate planning advisor who operates across the whole of Ontario and with 16 years experience as a trusted financial advisor, can assist you in developing a unique alternative investment strategy and provide expert guidance.

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Why are Private Alternative Investments Important?

Private alternative investments can play an important role in a diversified investment portfolio for Canadians for the following reasons:

Potential for higher returns

Private alternative investments have the potential to generate higher returns compared to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds, due to their unique characteristics and the types of assets they invest in.


Private alternative investments can offer a different type of exposure to the market and can help diversify an investment portfolio. By spreading investments across different asset classes, you can potentially reduce your overall portfolio risk.

Access to new opportunities

Private alternative investments can provide access to new investment opportunities that may not be available through traditional investment channels, such as investing in private companies or real estate projects.

Potential tax benefits

Some private alternative investments, such as real estate, may offer tax benefits that can help reduce an individual's overall tax liability.

However, it is important to remember that private alternative investments are typically riskier than traditional investments and may come with more limited liquidity. It is important to carefully consider your investment goals and risk tolerance, and to consult with a financial advisor before investing in private alternative investments.

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Who Are Private Alternative Investments For?

Private alternative investments are typically intended for accredited investors in Canada, who meet certain income and net worth requirements. Accredited investors are defined by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) as individuals who meet one of the following criteria.


Earn an annual income of $200,000 or more for the last two consecutive years, or have a net worth of at least $1 million, excluding their primary residence.



Organizations with net assets of at least $5 million.

These requirements are in place to ensure that investors have the financial sophistication and resources to understand the risks involved in private alternative investments.


Private alternative investments may not be suitable for all investors, and it is important to carefully consider your investment goals, risk tolerance, and financial situation before investing. Consulting with a financial advisor can help you determine if private alternative investments are appropriate for your situation.

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Investing in public, private, and alternative assets is the approach taken by role models like Warren Buffett and the largest and most successful institutions like the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).Mandeville Private Client Inc. understands that investors have the same investment needs as role models.


Consequently, we emulate our role models and provide access to quality traditional public investments that address liquidity needs, as well as quality private and alternative investments with high growth potential.




"Why do our role models invest in private and alternative assets?"


There are several key differences between private investments and public securities.

Unlike public securities, which are traded every business day and marked-to-market every minute.

Alternative investments and private investments:

1. Dampen overall portfolio volatility as they are not marked-to-market daily

2. May have high long-term growth potential.


 Understanding Illiquidity Discount


On the public markets, public companies are liquid, which means you can buy and sell them daily. Liquidity comes at a significant premium, which investors may not realize.  

Privatized businesses aren't as liquid as publicly traded companies and can take a long time to sell. Due to this, a liquidity discount is commonly applied to their valuation, meaning you can purchase a private company with essentially the same qualitative and quantitative characteristics as a public company for a 20-30% discount.

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Mitch McLean is an Ottawa based financial and private alternative investment advisor offering financial planning services across the entire province of Ontario including Ottawa, Toronto , Mississauga , Brampton , Hamilton, Markham, Vaughan and Kitchener .

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Private Alternative Investments: Frequently Asked Questions

What are private alternative investments?

Private alternative investments refer to investment options outside of traditional stocks, bonds, and cash. These may include real estate, hedge funds, private equity, commodities, and other less conventional assets.

Who should consider private alternative investments?

Individuals with a higher risk tolerance who are looking for diversification and potentially higher returns may consider adding private alternative investments to their portfolio. However, these investment types often require a more significant capital commitment and are less liquid than traditional investments.

How do private alternative investments differ from traditional investments?

Private alternative investments are generally less liquid, have higher fees, and may require a longer investment horizon compared to traditional investments like stocks and bonds. They also often require a higher minimum investment and offer the potential for higher returns.

Are private alternative investments regulated in Canada?

Yes, private alternative investments are regulated by various provincial and federal agencies, including the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). However, they are generally less regulated than traditional investment vehicles.

How can a financial advisor help with private alternative investments?

A qualified financial advisor can assess your financial goals, risk tolerance, and investment timeline to determine if private alternative investments are suitable for you. They can also help you navigate the complexities and risks associated with these types of investments.

What are the tax implications of investing in private alternatives?

The tax treatment of private alternative investments can be complex and varies by type of investment and its structure. It's advisable to consult a tax professional to understand the implications fully.


How do I assess the risks associated with private alternative investments?

Understanding the risks involves thorough due diligence, including assessing the management team, historical performance, and market conditions. A financial advisor with experience in private alternatives can help you evaluate these risks.


Can I include private alternative investments in my retirement portfolio?

Yes, it's possible to include private alternatives in a retirement portfolio, but due diligence is essential, given the higher risk and longer investment horizons often associated with these types of investments.







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