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Frequently Asked Questions


As the CEO and Founder of the alternative investment firm Alpha Blue Ocean, Pierre Vannineuse focuses on leading the investment strategy and has created an innovative financing philosophy for the company.

This page will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about alternative investment firms.

What is an alternative investment firm?

Alternative investments include hedge funds, managed futures, private equity, real estate, derivatives contracts and commodities. Alternative investment firms will trade non-conventional assets, including tangible assets like precious metals, art, wine, antiques, coins and stamps, as well as commodities, film productions and cryptocurrencies.

What is the Alternative Investment Market?

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is part of the London Stock Exchange. It was launched in 1995 with the aim of including smaller companies that wanted to raise the capital that they needed for expansion.

Through AIM – which has more liberal criteria for entry than the London Stock Exchange – smaller companies can gain a listing on a recognised UK stock exchange.

How is an alternative investment firm different from a traditional firm?

In the UK, the London Stock Exchange is the main stock market, and it is where investors can buy and sell equity, government bonds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Traditional investment firms trade conventional assets such as stocks, bonds and cash, whereas alternative investment firms can trade unique assets such as fine wines, rare items and collector’s items.

Who uses alternative investments?

Institutional investors, such as private endowments and pensions, will often use alternative investments in order to diversify their portfolios. By diversifying, these institutional funds take advantage of the low correlation that alternative investments have compared with standard asset classes.

Accredited high-net-worth individuals can also access alternative investment offerings.