Top 5 of the Week of November 6
Cullen Roche, the writer of Pragmatic Capitalism, kicks off our Top 5 this week with his perspective on the future of active management. David Merkel discusses the benefits of taking a simple approach to investing on The Aleph Blog. And Phil Huber, CIO for Huber Financial Advisors and author of bps and pieces, compares “the same side of two coins.”
Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff examines the intangible nature of risk. And The Reformed Broker Joshua Brown helps us build up our tolerance to the growing bear market predictions…
An Active Future for All?
- The controversial idea that passive investing is a myth has become more accepted as more investors realize that “passive” indexing mirrors many different fund types
- This means the future will still include the deeply-entrenched active managers that the market knows of old—though they may dwindle in popularity for their sale of false hope
- Furthermore, active strategies will become more systemized, fees will come down, and the rising popularity of simple, liquid, tax-efficient ETFs will continue
Keep It Simple
- Taking a simple approach to investing can be incredibly beneficial, do this by choosing investments that you can understand—and explain—on a fundamental level
- Avoiding complex strategies will help you stay more rational in times of market crisis and evade negative, unexpected surprises
- Sleep better at night knowing that by maintaining simple asset allocation you don’t need to make radical changes and can trade less—reducing your risk and anxiety level
- Plus your taxes are easier to manage too!
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Same, Same But Different
- “Simple Investing/Easy Investing” While the first is possible; the second is nonexistent
- “Great company/Great stock” The first does not make the second, and the second doesn’t necessarily mean the first
- “Timing the market/Time in the market” The second will empower your compounding interest, while the first will prevent it
- “Quoting Warren Buffett/Acting like Warren Buffett” Many investors do the first, but few achieve the second
Looks Can Be Deceiving
- The “efficient frontier” is a set of portfolios optimized to offer the highest expected return for a certain level of risk or the lowest possible risk for a set expected return
- Once the efficient frontier is determined, the idea is that you can match your level of risk to the best portfolio for you
- But the efficient frontier line increases in volatility as it moves up and right across a graph, making it less attractive then it may seem at first to choose the highest-performing portfolio
What Will Be, Will Be
- While everyone is attempting to predict the end of the bull market, there is actually no reliable formula, strategy or machine that can possibly calculate it
- True, there are people who may accidentally predict the turn just right—but this is pure luck, and their fame never lasts long
- And they will continue to try and achieve the impossible again and again for the high of it—steer clear of these doomsday criers and stay away from the media hype by training yourself to ignore the noise
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