The conventional portfolio is prone to frequent and potentially devastating losses because it is NOT balanced to different economic outcomes. In contrast, a truly balanced portfolio can help investors reduce risk and more reliably achieve their objectives. This simple fact would surprise most investors, from beginners to professionals. Investment consultant Alex Shahidi puts his 15 years of experience advising the most sophisticated investors in the world and managing multi-billion dollar portfolios to work in this important resource for investors. You will better understand why nearly every portfolio is poorly balanced and how to view the crucial asset allocation decision from a deeper, more thoughtful perspective. The concepts presented are simple, intuitive and easy to implement for every investor. Author Alex Shahidi will walk you through the logic behind the balanced portfolio framework and provide step-by-step instructions on how to build a truly balanced portfolio. No book has ever been written that discusses asset allocation in this light. Provides insights from a top-ranked investment consultant using strategies from the industry’s brightest minds Proposes a balanced asset allocation that can achieve stable returns through various economic climates Introduces sophisticated concepts in very simple terms For those who want to better manage their investment portfolio and seek a more advanced approach to building a balanced portfolio, Balanced Asset Allocation: How to Profit in Any Economic Climate provides an in-depth treatment of the topic that can be put to use immediately.
Provides investment advice from the founder of Tanglewood Capital Management. The author evaluates several asset classes, including domestic stocks and bonds, international investments, and precious metals. He also looks at asset allocation policies, portfolio strategies, mutual funds, and his own "not-so-secret" key ingredient. Tables summarize the performance of various assets over time and provide other relevant information. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
You must be aware of the value, potential return and risk of your human capital: your job, career and what you do for a living. Human capital is the most valuable asset that you will own over your lifecycle. You need to balance financial decisions with the characteristics of your human capital. The key trends identified in Are You a Stock or a Bond? include the decline of Defined Benefit (DB) pension provision, the continued increase in human longevity and the risk of personal inflation, and they are as relevant today as they were five years ago. The financial crisis has taught us that all types of capital -- human, financial and even social -- are key to a secure financial future. If your career has "stock-like" growth and risk characteristics, Milevsky helps you balance your "portfolio" by tilting investments towards safer "bonds." ¿ Saving for Retirement will relieve confusion and barriers to action. It acquaints readers with people like them, and step-by-step addresses what's likely confusing them. Instead of starting with some lofty financial planning theory, it walks individuals through the process everyone goes through with IRAs and 401 (k)s -- leaving no basic questions unanswered. Instead of telling readers to open an IRA-as many books do-it tells them how to open one: where to go, what the forms mean, how to decide how to invest, the essential first steps. The book removes everything from the reader's path that typically trips people up and hits the sweet spot for everyone from aged 18 to 60. Using new figures (including troubling new projections of healthcare and long-term care costs), she helps readers calculate exactly how much money they'll need. Next, she presents optimal asset allocations for each stage of life -- and shows how these allocations would've protected typical investors through the past five tumultuous years. Packed with her readers' personal stories, this book teaches powerful professional financial planning principles -- but makes them simple enough for anyone to apply on their own.
Referring to his experiences living in various continents and reflecting on the last several recessions, the book helps understand key techniques to manage risks and liquidity that can be make-or-break for companies. —Mr. Jatan Shah, MS(IE), ex-Mckinsey, COO, CTO, QSC Audio (California, USA) This book is a must-read for CFOs who need to keep abreast with the disruptive financial and technological changes taking place while also taking cognizance of identifying new risks and unprecedented scenarios. As the book suggests, treasurers need to be agile and always plan for contingencies. I highly recommend this very well-written, hands-on book with pragmatic guidance. —Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd. (India) Maulik Parekh’s perspective on ABSM from a practitioner’s perspective is an interesting and engaging bird’s eye view of the world of money and finance, seen with the thoughtful risk-taker’s lens of a pragmatic professional. The book seamlessly weaves seemingly disconnected areas from the interrelated worlds of finance, portfolio management, and economics. – Mr. JK Khalil, MBA ‘10 (Chicago Booth), ex Banker, ex Consultant, Regional General Manager at Mastercard Active Balance Sheet Management (ABSM) - a Treasury Perspective is the outcome of the experiential learning of the author as an asset liability management (ALM) professional in the dealing room during the Lehman crisis (aka global financial crisis) when the “too big to fail” theories went for a tailspin due to liquidity crunch in money markets. While the boiler room environment as a dealer gave a pragmatic perspective on the financial crisis and day-to-day operational challenges of funding the balance sheet and quoting interbank (LIBOR, EIBOR, MIBOR, etc.) rates, the author realized the bigger challenges in orchestrating the holistic balance sheet management framework as head of ALM in a bank treasury. While governing the ALCO and being a credit committee member, the author implemented the stress testing and contingency planning exercises along with experiencing the importance of the mantle of leadership in large organizations, which typically fails to ask the tough questions. The purpose of the book is the transfer of these ABSM best practices to nonfinancial sector finance managers, business and management academic programs, and management consultants wanting a bird’s-eye view of the technical and tactical aspects of balance sheet management. This book will give a holistic framework and market-driven perspective on actively governing the balance sheet of a company using different diagnostic and execution frameworks. The ultimate message of the book is to drive home the point that leadership and management caliber ultimately weighs on the ABSM technical framework, and envisioning without executing is hallucinating.
Target high returns and greater consistency with this insightful guide from a leading investor The market volatility exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic has led many to question their exposure to risk in their own portfolios. But what should one do about it? In Risk Parity: How to Invest for All Market Environments, accomplished investment consultant Alex Shahidi delivers a powerful approach to portfolio management that reduces the potential for significant capital loss while maintaining an attractive expected return. The book focuses on allocating capital amongst four diverse asset classes: equities, commodities, Treasury bonds, and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. You’ll learn about: The nature of risk and why traditional approaches to risk management unnecessarily give up potential returns or inadequately protect against catastrophic market events Why proper risk management is more important now than ever How to efficiently implement a risk parity approach Perfect for both individual and professional investors, Risk Parity is a must-have resource for anyone seeking to increase consistency in their portfolio by building a truly balanced asset allocation.
This study looks at some factors influencing mutual fund performance. Fund management location, family status and asset allocation and timing ability are examined. Using monthly returns on 4545 funds from Morningstar from January 1970 to June 2010, the study examines whether location influences the return a fund generates. It is found that U.S. managed funds outperform European managed funds, regardless of market invested in. This can be seen in terms of higher mean alpha, and statistically significant outperformance. A comparison is also carried out between the performance of family funds and non-family funds. Using the recursive portfolio technique and Rhodes utility based measure of persistence, the persistence of funds that are in a family are compared to those that do not belong to a family. A second hypothesis is also examined here, analyzing whether fund managers make their risk decision to influence performance for the second part of the year based on their performance in the first part of the year. It can be concluded that family status, family size or market does not affect persistence in performance. The study found that family rank has an impact on the risk adjustment behaviour of fund managers. The fact that the coefficient is negative suggests that managers are not behaving strategically. When markets are examined individually, fund managers within families compete in the U.S. and behave strategically in Europe. Finally, using asset allocation data on balanced funds, the study examines the skill of balanced fund managers to time particular asset classes. It is found that there is little timing ability present, across all markets and models.
Macro-based asset allocation is based on the identification of turning points in macro-financial cycles. This paper suggests that macro-based asset allocation informed by trends in continuous business and financial cycle indicators could be a promising alternative for medium- and long-term investment strategies. Despite changes during the last three decades, the most promising specifications of this approach did roughly anticipate turning points in asset price cycles, implying favourable returns and low portfolio volatility.
We are entering a golden age of alternative investments. Alternative asset classes including private equity, hedge funds, catastrophe reinsurance, real assets, non-traditional credit, alternative risk premia, digital assets, collectibles, and other novel assets are now available to investors and their advisors in a way that they never have been before. The pursuit of diversification is not as straightforward as it once was — and the classic 60/40 portfolio may no longer be sufficient in helping investors achieve their most important financial goals. With the ever-present need for sustainable income and risk management, alternative assets are poised to play a more prominent role in investor portfolios. Phil Huber is the Chief Investment Officer for a multi-billion dollar wealth management firm and acts as your guide on a journey through the past, present, and future of alternative investments. In this groundbreaking tour de force, he provides detailed coverage across the spectrum of alternative assets: their risk and return characteristics, methods to gain exposure, and how to fit everything into a balanced portfolio. The three parts of The Allocator’s Edge address: 1. Why the future may present challenges for traditional portfolios; why the adoption of alternatives has remained elusive for many allocators; and why the case for alternatives is more compelling than ever thanks to financial evolution and innovation. 2. A comprehensive survey of the asset classes and strategies that comprise the vast universe of alternative investments. 3. How to build durable and resilient portfolios that harness alternative assets; and how to sharpen the client communication skills needed to establish proper expectations and make the unfamiliar familiar. The Allocator’s Edge is written with the practitioner in mind, providing financial advisors, institutional allocators, and other professional investors the confidence and courage needed to effectively understand, implement, and translate alternatives for their clients. Alternative investments are the allocator’s edge for the portfolios of tomorrow — and this is the essential guide for advisors and investors looking to seize the opportunity.
The fully revised classic on employing asset allocation techniques to grow real wealth A global leader and preeminent expert in asset allocation, David Darst delivers his masterwork on the topic. In a fully updated and expanded second edition of The Art of Asset Allocation, Morgan Stanley's Chief Investment Strategist covers the historic market events, instruments, asset classes, and economic forces that investors need to be aware of as they create asset-building portfolios. He then explains how to use modern asset allocation concepts and tools to augment returns and control risks in a wide range of financial market environments. This completely revised edition shows how to achieve asset balance with the author's proven methods, decades of expertise, relevant charts, practical tools, and astute analyses. Known as the king of asset allocation, Darst brings his expertise to bear to provide complete asset class descriptions, identifying historical risk, return, and correlation characteristics for all major asset classes. Using actual data, he explains the differences between tactical and strategic asset allocation, outlines clear rebalancing guidelines, and includes an annotated guide to both traditional and Internet-based information sources. Praise for the first edition: “You want to be a better investor, a better client, or a better advisor? DEVOUR THIS BOOK NOW!”-James J. Cramer “David Darst is the expert on Asset Allocation. He has chosen to share his decades of practical experience in The Art of Asset Allocation, to the benefit of professional and individual investors alike.”-Seth A. Klarman
Anyone who is thinking of investing, however much or however little, will benefit from the information, advice and guidance contained in these pages. Similarly those who already have a portfolio will find it helpful to stand back and reassess whether they are making the most of their money and whether their portfolio is meeting their needs. Many investors simply pick shares that take their fancy, or perhaps ones that have been recommenced in the financial press, without any thought for whether their selections create a suitable or balanced portfolio. They then cling on to their purchases irrespective of whether their investment needs have changed or whether the companies they chose still meet the investment objectives. How to Build a Share Portfolio explains in simple terms the criteria for picking shares in the first place and for deciding which companies to retain and which to dump. Written in a clear, easy to follow style that will suit beginners and more experienced investors alike, it is packed with real case studies taken from actual stock market events and developments to illustrate the key points.