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2008 Turns Investors Toward Alternatives

Morningstar's Christine Benz and vice president of research John Rekenthaler discuss the definition and proliferation of 'alternative' investment products and the role they may play in investors' portfolios.

Christine Benz: Hi, I'm Christine Benz for Morningstar. I'm here at the Morningstar Ibbotson Conference. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with John Rekenthaler. He is vice president of research for Morningstar. We discussed the proliferation of alternative investment products, what exactly constitutes an alternative, and what role, if any, these securities should have in investor portfolios.

John, thank you so much for being here.