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As alternatives? But it might help to be specific about what you have in mind.
I would view REITS as basically stocks and put them in the same allocation, though there is something to be discussed there if the idea is to tilt to REITS. An actual commodity fund or a fund that actually owns physical gold really is an alternative and that is a separate asset class. Gold mining stocks are just stocks. A different category would be things like pipeline MLP's. Another example of an alternative would be preferred stocks. I don't know what people do with those as an asset class except avoid them. I don't know how one should put real estate holdings into a portfolio viewed as a unified entity. It is also difficult to account for holdings such as options.
Some good reading is here: https://www.amazon.com/Only-Guide-Alter ... lternative