Alternative Investments

Uhlmann Price Securities, LLC specializes in offering clients added portfolio diversification opportunities through a variety of alternative investments products.

Alternative investments represent an asset class, or skill-based strategy, that has the potential to provide returns that are not correlated to traditional stock and bond returns or economic cycles. The advantage of non-correlated investments is that when added to a traditional portfolio they potentially can increase overall portfolio returns while reducing risk. Such investments are generally managed by investment professionals who specialize in a specific sector or style. Examples include asset classes such as commodities and real estate, or skill-based money management found in managed futures, business development companies (BDCs), and hedge funds.

Uhlmann Price Securities offers access to this asset class through a series of Commodity and Financial Futures Funds. In addition, Price Asset Management, LLC, an affiliated company located adjacent to Uhlmann Price Securities in The Chicago Board of Trade, has extensive experience is designing, modeling and monitoring a variety of custom alternative investment products. They provide extensive due diligence on a variety or products and programs.

Managed Futures

Looking to diversify your portfolio into futures and commodities? Many investors wishing to balance their portfolios by investing in the futures markets look to professional money managers know as Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) to manage a portion of their assets.

Our affiliate, Price Asset Management, LLC, specializes in designing, modeling and monitoring a variety of custom managed futures products. They conduct and provide extensive due diligence on the universe of CTAs and managed futures programs. Price Asset Management, LLC brings together a group of seasoned professionals with particular expertise in managed futures products for both retail and institutional investors.

We also work with independent investment advisory firms and broker dealers in order to bring the diversification benefits of managed futures to their client’s accounts.


Investor interest in commodities has increased significantly in recent years, driven mainly by increased globalization. Unlike traditional asset classes like equities or bonds, investors are looking for the different asset characteristics and the superb diversification opportunities offered by commodities.

Uhlmann Price Securities, LLC offers investors unique access to this asset class through a variety of investment structures and customized products:

  • Long-Only Commodity Funds
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Commodity Index-Based Products

Our alternative investments specialists are available to help you determine the most suitable structure for your investment needs.

Hedge Funds

You may wish to consider alternative investments such as hedge funds. Institutional investors and wealthy individuals have long been interested in hedge funds as alternative investments to traditional portfolios of assets.

Hedge funds are generally regarded as private investment vehicles for qualified individuals or institutional investors. They are typically organized as limited partnerships, in which the investors are limited partners and the managers are general partners. There are a variety of hedge fund styles available to qualified investors including:

• Merger Arbitrage/Risk Arbitrage
• Fixed Income Arbitrage
• Convertible Arbitrage
• Fund of Funds
• Long/Short Equity
• Distressed Securities
• Emerging Markets
• Global Macro
• Equity Market Neutral


Another group of funds that is often regarded as part of the same investment universe as hedge funds are managed futures and commodity trading pools. A number of hedge fund investments require careful consideration and an assessment of an investor’s suitability before execution.

Our alternative investments specialists will be pleased to assist you with a thorough and independent review to ensure that these investments are appropriate, and offer suggestions which meet your investment portfolio needs.

Private Equity

For accredited investors, Uhlmann Price offers various investments in Private Equity opportunities.  Private equity is an asset class consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a listed stock exchange. A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor.

Venture Capital

Where appropriate, clients may choose to have a portion of their portfolio invested in Venture Capital.  After thorough due diligence by our experienced investment committee, Uhlmann Price has established relationships with select venture capital firms to offer their investment opportunities to our Accredited and qualified clients.  In the past our clients have been able to gain exposure to investments in technology, biotech and alternative energy to name a few.

Real Estate

Many portfolios call for a certain allocation to real Estate.  Uhlmann Price has a broad scope of solution’s to add this critical asset class to your portfolio generally through Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Business Development Companys (BDCs)

Business Development Companies (BDCs) are companies created to help grow small companies in the initial stages of their development. BDCs are very similar to venture capital funds. Many BDCs are set up much like closed-end investment funds and are often public companies that are listed on the NYSE, AMEX and Nasdaq.

For More Information

Alan Konn | Executive Vice President | Senior Portfolio Manager | (800) 444-7075 | (312) 264-4340

Due to varying regulatory restrictions and suitability requirements, please contact us so that we may determine which products are best-suited to your investment profile and solution needs.