Investments to Replace Bonds in Your Portfolio

If you're looking for safer diversification after the fallout from Brexit, check out these options.

The big drop in world markets after the United Kingdom’s shocking vote to leave the European Union is only the latest reminder that investors need a variety of eggs in their portfolio baskets. Large caps, small caps, Asian stocks, European stocks, high-yield bonds, oil, copper—practically everything took a dive. The same happened in 2008. Not only did large-capitalization U.S. stocks lose 37% of their value, but real estate, commodities and foreign stocks tanked as well. Real diversification demands assets that don’t move up and down in tandem.

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James K. Glassman
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
James K. Glassman is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence.