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 »

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 »

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 »

Portfolio Management: Theory & Practice

Since our inception, the core mission of Schultz Collins has been to help investors make rational, informed and intelligent investment decisions. Prudent decision making, however, requires a basic understanding of capital markets and a familiarity with evolving research in the field of Financial Economics. In 2006, we published Portfolio Management: Theory and Practice to summarize… Read more »

Investment Themes: Fact or Fiction?

If you watch financial TV programs or read articles in the newspaper’s business section, you may notice an emphasis on “investment themes”. What investment themes will likely generate better portfolio returns? Will political themes outweigh economic themes? Will high corporate earnings boost investor sentiment; or, will high unemployment cast a dark shadow over investors? Investment… 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 »

A Gentle Introduction to Investing

How can people make good investment decisions when they don’t know the difference between a stock and a bond? Many beginning investors are intimidated by the prospect of learning about economics and finance – subjects that, for many, are deadly dull – or of meeting with salespeople trying to push investment products and schemes, or… Read more »

Annuities and Retirement Income Planning

Although academic studies evaluate the optimality of annuities, advisers assess solutions in terms of contracts governed by insurance carrier profit objectives, tax code provisions, and regulatory restrictions. A variety of annuities exist and, for each type, there is substantial heterogeneity of contract provisions. Practitioners may benefit from an overview of the US annuity marketplace with… Read more »

How Risky is Your Retirement Income Risk Model?

Sustainability of adequate lifetime income is a critical portfolio objective for retired investors. There are a number of ways to ascertain the likelihood that a portfolio’s investment strategy is suitable to its cash flow requirements. This article provides a brief review of various retirement income modeling approaches including historical back testing, Monte Carlo simulations, and… Read more »