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 »

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 »

Investment Quarterly and Fiduciary Forum

Below is a collection of past issues of our Investment Quarterly and Fiduciary Forum.   Investment Quarterly   Investment Quarterly 1999 Q4 Diversification versus New Paradigm Investing Variance Drain: Maximizing Return May Be Hazardous to Your Wealth Portfolio Allocation and Risk Loading Factors Investment Quarterly 2001 Q1 The Great Debate: Behavioral vs. Standard Finance Predictability… Read more »

Money Market Reform: What You Should Know

The ubiquitous money market mutual fund has been a hot topic at the U.S. Treasury Department and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) since the Great Recession and Financial Crisis of 2008/2009. The Government’s concerns are based on actions taken by institutional investors during the crisis when a large institutional money market fund could no longer… Read more »

Actuarial Publications: Patrick Collins et al.

A list of published articles on the topics of Life Insurance and Annuities, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and Fiduciary liability for insurance transactions and policy management.   Asset Allocation, Human Capital, and the Demand to Hold Life Insurance in Retirement – Patrick J. Collins, Ph.D., CLU, CFA, and Huy Lam, CFA, Financial Services Review, (Winter,… Read more »

Jumping Into the Pool

Certain securities are called “pooled” investment funds. These securities provide an efficient way of diversifying a portfolio. Even small dollar amounts invested in a broadly diversified pooled fund can spread investment risk across many individual issues. A U.S. investor attempting to purchase a broad sample of European stocks, for example, would face daunting information and… Read more »