Anatomy of an Investment Fund Selection

Recently, in “Anatomy of Portfolio Trading,” we provided insight into the Schultz Collins trading process. In brief, we outlined the care, skill and caution required to assure an efficient buy/sell transaction. Above all, we emphasized that a hasty process is often imprudent; and we explained why rushed trades can produce poor outcomes. As its title… Read more »

What Investors and Trustees Should Know about Investment Advice

Is professional financial advice harmful? This article reviews and evaluates the current state of the U.S. Financial Advisory Profession. It cites findings from academic and governmental regulatory agency sources indicating that the profession is rife with conflicts of interest, abusive practices, and even outright fraud. This is not a matter of “a few bad apples;”… Read more »

What’s the Market Outlook for 2019?

Recently, the CFA Research Institute—a global association of investment professionals holding the Chartered Financial Analyst designation—offered the following observations from Joachim Klement, CFA: At the beginning of 2018, a survey of strategists working at major banks around the globe indicated that their median predicted return for the S&P 500 in 2018 was 10.3%. The realized… Read more »

Modeling Future Investment Results: Portfolio Analytics

Portfolio Analytics provides technical information on the portfolio model used in your Investment Policy Statement [IPS]. The model employs historical returns, variances and asset class correlations for the period January 1973 through the end the previous year. The model focuses on the economic consequences of the strategic asset allocation decision. It does not take into… Read more »

Diversification Through Time

Investors have two basic options. They can concentrate their portfolios – in, say, the S&P 500 or U.S. Treasuries, or real estate – or they diversify broadly over a weighted cross-section of global stocks, bonds and real estate. Which strategy is more likely to produce better long-terms results? Which strategy is less risky? To investigate… Read more »

‘Zero Cost’ Investments are Here

It appears as if the era of ‘no cost’ investments may be upon us. Fidelity has announced that they are launching several no-load Fidelity ZEROsm index funds which have no annual operating expenses.1 Although Schultz Collins [SC] welcomes this development, it may be a bit premature to buy these funds. Consider, for example, the Fidelity… Read more »

Observations on Risk Tolerance and Risk Capacity

The famous Temple of Apollo at Delphi—an important source of prophetic wisdom for the ancient Greeks—is well known for the two inscriptions on its portal: Know Thyself Nothing in Excess As several world capital markets continue to flirt with record high asset price levels, it is worth revisiting Delphic wisdom in order to prepare for… Read more »

Investment Publications: Patrick Collins et al.

A list of published articles on the topics of Asset Management, Trustee duties in portfolio design, monitoring and surveillance, Family Trust, Longevity Risk and Retirement Income Planning.   A Risk Primer for Investment Fiduciaries (with special attention to the management of endowment funds) – Patrick J. Collins, Ph.D., CLU, CFA, California Trusts and Estates Quarterly… Read more »

Cooking up a Diversified Portfolio

A diversified portfolio owns securities from various markets – the bond market, the real estate market, and the stock market. Additionally, a diversified portfolio benefits from geographic diversification. This means that it typically owns both U.S. and foreign securities. By contrast, a “focused” portfolio owns only a few securities – often within just one market…. Read more »