All About Asset Allocation is worth a read by every investor, even if you don’t buy into efficient-markets theory (EMT) or modern portfolio theory (MPT) and focus your investing on alternative strategies.
Richard A. Ferri uses tons of charts to help demonstrate the effectiveness of various kinds of diversification of the portfolio. He identifies the roles of various kinds of securities in the modern portfolio. He makes excellent cases for the importance of real estate exposure and international equities. He points out the weakness in the simplistic approach that many financial advisors take to investing in bonds.
Ferri demonstrates various strategies for hedging against inflation, interest rates, and other risks. He creates suggested allocation plans for investors at 4 different age levels and 3 different risk profiles. While I do not agree with all of Ferri’s theories and strategies, everything he advocates is research-based. His approach is appropriate for investors at any level, young or old, advanced or beginner. This is a great resource for anyone committed to meticulous portfolio management.
Novel Investor has created a couple charts comparing asset class returns and sector returns in the U.S. and throughout the world. These charts demonstrate the importance of diversification among asset classes and diversification within asset classes. Continue reading “Historical Returns”
Let’s explore some potential investing strategies in 4 different stock sectors: technology, healthcare, energy, and real estate. We’ll start with tech, which had a huge drop today worth serious examination. Continue reading “Sector Study Session”
If you are trying to diversify a portfolio by sector, exposure to certain sectors may have more effect than others. This examination of correlations between SPDR Sector Select funds over the last 10 years shows that certain sectors do, in fact, have less correlation than others. Continue reading “Which Stock Sector Does the Most to Diversify a Portfolio?”
When is the last time your checked your investment allocations? If it has been a few years, a lot has changed in the market. Stocks have reached record highs within the last few months. These gains have probably provided you with a great return. However, they can also set a portfolio’s allocations off-balance. Continue reading “An Example of the Importance of Reallocation”