||This unit examines the motivations and strategies behind investing in alternative assets. Alternative assets are non-traditional investments relative to the usual mix of stocks, bonds, and cash. The unit\\\'s main emphasis is on private equity, venture capital investments, and hedge funds. The key topics include fund raising for alternative investments, the private equity investment cycle, structures for alternative-asset investment vehicles, issues behind selecting and financing private firms, valuation of high-growth, illiquid investments, and how to exit from such investments. The subject also examines the major strategies employed by hedge fund managers.