4 ASX stock investments to instantly diversify your portfolio

There are plenty of opportunities to diversify your portfolio through ASX investments.

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Diversification presents an enticing opportunity for investors to broaden their ASX portfolios beyond traditional stocks and bonds.

Let's examine the benefits and opportunities associated with four diversifying investments within the ASX: Real estate investment trusts (REITs), commodities, infrastructure shares, and emerging industries.

REITs: A gateway to property investments

REITs offer a practical entry point into the real estate market. They enable investors to gain exposure to property without the hefty capital required for direct investment.

By pooling funds with other investors in a REIT, you can access a diversified portfolio of commercial, residential, and industrial properties.

Investing in REITs provides for potential capital appreciation as well as regular income streams from rental yields. This combination makes REITs an attractive option for investors seeking both growth and income.

Further, because the property and share markets are not perfectly correlated, REITs can act as a diversifying investment.

Commodities: A hedge against volatility

Investing in commodities such as gold, silver, and other precious metals can serve as a strategic hedge against inflation and currency fluctuations.

There are various ways to invest in commodities, including direct purchases, via exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and through investing in the stocks of companies within the materials and energy sectors.

Commodities typically have a low correlation with other asset classes, making them a possible alternate store of value.

Infrastructure shares: A backbone of steady income

Infrastructure investments on the ASX encompass a wide range of essential services, including transportation, utilities, and energy. Think Transurban Group (ASX: TCL) and Atlas Arteria Group (ASX: ALX).

Infrastructure assets typically provide stable and predictable returns, often linked to inflation, making them a defensive cornerstone for investors seeking reliable income.

Because of the essential nature of the services offered by infrastructure funds, demand tends to remain constant, therefore providing a safeguard against economic downturns.

This means infrastructure investments can act a diversifying investment, reducing overall portfolio volatility.

Emerging Industries: Investing in the Future

The ASX is also a platform for forward-thinking investors to engage with emerging industries and technologies, such as renewable energy, biotech, and fintech.

These sectors stand on the brink of significant growth, significantly driven by innovation and the global shift towards sustainability. Investing in companies within these industries provides diversification benefits and can potentially yield high returns as they expand.

Broadening portfolio horizons

Diversifying investments in your ASX portfolio offers benefits such as reduced volatility, protection against inflation, and the potential for enhanced returns.

However, it's vital to approach these investments with a clear understanding of the risks and how they fit into your overall investment strategy.

With careful research, diversifying investments can unlock new avenues for growth and stability.

Motley Fool contributor Katherine O'Brien has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Transurban Group. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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