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Stocks and bonds grab a lot of attention these days, but alternative investments are an important component of many investors' portfolios. Alternative assets can be great for portfolio diversification because they often zig when the stock market zags. And with the increasing popularity of specialty ETFs, gaining exposure to alternative assets has become much easier and more cost effective for the average investor.

Many alternatives have had a rough few weeks following the Fed's announcement that it would likely begin to taper its bond purchases later this year. In light of that, which alternative asset class do you think will perform the best in the second half of 2013? For simplicity, let's categorize everything that isn't a stock, bond or cash as an "alternative" asset.

A. Commodities
B. Gold
C. Real Estate
D. Private Equity/Hedge Funds
E. Currencies
F. Other
G. None

Please provide your answer below along with an explanation of why you chose it.

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