Post the 2009 economic crisis, investors have been on the hunt for financial avenues with higher returns and lesser tenure duration. Enter Alternative Finance, the new-age sibling of traditional finance and banking. The alternative finance industry has seen a boom worldwide and India too is catching up on the trend. In a nutshell, alternative investments can be defined as any form of investment that falls outside of conventional banking and stock market investment. Here we introduce you to some of the popular forms of alternative investments.