Portfolio Management

Advancing the State of the Investment Art

Reflections on the power of the dialectic within the academic approach for diagnosing and solving the vexing issues relating to investing for individuals. Further reinforcement for upholding the principle of working to best solve the specific individual needs of each investment client, rather than contorting clients’ portfolios to fit into existing products.

The Hidden Costs of Investing: The A, B, Cs of Mutual Funds

A discussion and primer on the hidden costs of mutual funds, the primary types of "pre-packaged" investments that many investors get "advised" to put their money into. This is a must-read for investors who want to know what their advisor earns, what their real costs are for owning mutual funds, and why total fees are not easy […]

The Peculiar Alchemy of Hedge Funds

Shining a bright light into the dark caverns erected by hedge funds to assess where their gains come from and who actually gains from the under-acknowledged risks assumed by unregulated hedge fund managers. Explaining, in the process, why so many hedge funds suddenly collapse and why this could well become a more common occurance.

Head Over Heels for the Yield Curve

Examines the perils of prediction and the relationship between an inverted yield curve and recession, the stock market and the economy as a whole. Explains why the disciplined investor would not make sudden, sharp changes in portfolio strategies to "beat the gun" based on an inverted yield curve.

Can News be Neutral?

Offers insight to the bias inherent in financial news reporting and the risks involved from trading on "news" from a fax alert, mailer or television program. Explains how looking at the broader picture and diversifying your data sources will result in better choices for the long term disciplined investor.

What to do with a Concentrated Portfolio

Investors often hold on to concentrated stock positions due to tax implications, loyalty and continued involvement. Reviews the risks of a concentrated portfolio without any compensating benefit and examines the balancing of risk and opportunity by selling at least part of the concentrated position and investing the proceeds in a diversified portfolio.

The Right Portfolio at the Right Price

Describes the bewildering array of options that exist for investors seeking solutions to portfolio management. Reviews the perils of doing it yourself and going with certain styles of traditional advisors. Explains why complexities in the market as well as the needs of individuals can expose investors to unknown risks, unnecessary taxes and hidden or excessive costs.