Five safe havens from potential storms

These are some alternative places to park your capital to protect against market volatility. But it's important to know when and what to buy.

Summary: In anticipation of a market storm, a level-headed investor might take a flight to safety in the lead-up. It could just mean cashing up a portfolio or buying a particular asset class instead. Here's a few you may not have considered.

Key take-out: A safe haven is meant to hedge against expected inflation, if nothing more, and can be an important ingredient in an investor's portfolio. Sometimes safe havens can prove a partial hedge against unexpected inflation too, but investors shouldn't purchase these assets in the hopes of rapid appreciation.

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