UPAL Alternative Investment Fund Changes

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Alternative investments, broadly defined as any asset beyond traditional stocks and bonds, can be used as a diversification tool in an investment portfolio.  The UPAL Alternative Investment Pooled Fund is an investment option intended to reduce portfolio risk when used in conjunction with traditional asset classes.  Recent changes to the fund included adding small strategic allocations to the iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) and iPath ETN S&P 500 Dynamic VIX (XVZ) funds.  The iShares COMEX Gold Trust provides exposure to gold, which has inflation-protection benefits and also can provide downside…