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There are many ways to make a fortune. You might inherit money, win the lottery or build a thriving business and sell it. You can also work hard in your career, save and invest with discipline. Making a fortune often includes elements of risk and luck.
There are many examples of financial scandals in the 21st Century, and sadly they continue.
Individuals who suffer from hypochondria have an excessive preoccupation with their physical health, which manifests itself into an unrealistic fear of having a serious disease. As they focus on and worry about physical sensations, a cycle of symptoms and worry...
A common expression in life is, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." In other words, it’s virtually impossible to get something for nothing. However, in our approach to investing, there are a few “free lunches” that we’re able to exploit and feed to our clients.
Jeff Troutner of TAM Asset Management coined the terms “wade” and “plunge” for investing a sum of capital slowly over time or all at once. The wading approach has historically been known as dollar-cost-averaging. Proponents of wading view plunging as reckless and argue wading is much more sensible for the risk-adverse investor. Proponents of plunging believe that wading reduces returns more often than it increases them.
The fundamental axiom of modern portfolio theory is that risk and return are related. Investment strategy is defined as the science of capturing the maximum return at a stated level of risk. The asset class of value stocks represents a distinctive risk for which we expect compensation. When the risk and return characteristics of value stocks are blended with other asset classes, the result is a diversification benefit. Therefore, including value stocks in a broadly diversified portfolio is expected to increase return while reducing risk.
There are only two reasons to add an asset class to your portfolio. Either you want it to reduce risk or you want it to add return. Adding small cap stocks to a portfolio of large cap stocks can do both. Small cap stocks have provided returns with a different performance pattern than large cap stocks. In addition, small cap stocks have...
At Resource Consulting Group, we believe in using strictly short-term bonds in building the fixed income portion of portfolios. To explain why, we must begin by asking, “Why do we invest in bonds in the first place?”
Market timing adds uncertainty, reduces efficiency, and increases taxes and costs. Thus, it reduces the probability of achieving long-term goals. Systematically adhering to an investment policy uses the opportunities inherent in appropriate asset classes to maximize the probability that you will achieve your goals.
One of the most important investment decisions an individual can make is the determination of an appropriate allocation to equities. Popular beliefs have always and continue to label bonds as a “safer” investment than equities. History demonstrates...