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Investing Off the Grid

Readers debate investments in real estate, precious metals, collectibles, and yes, wind and solar power systems.

Morningstar.com is kicking off Alternatives and Diversifiers Week March 19. During the week, we'll discuss how to diversify a portfolio across traditional financial assets, and we'll also explore perspectives about what role--if any--alternative asset classes such as commodities and long-short funds should play in investor portfolios.

To help kick things off, I asked Morningstar.com readers whether they had ventured into what I call "off the grid" investment types--nonpublic real estate, private equity investments, or collectibles, for example.