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Smart beta is an investment strategy that’s become very popular in recent years. It’s a twist on index investing. The investor starts with an index but tweaks the stock allocations so that they are weighted by something other than capitalization. There are many variants of smart beta, and it is estimated that one out of […]
Most investors, especially institutional investors, follow the wrong processes, says Ben Hunt of Salient Partners. Here’s a good article he wrote recently on the high points of his theory, which he calls Adaptive Investing. It’s also entertaining, especially if you don’t mind The Godfather trilogy. It’s our acceptance of The Central Tendency as The Way […]
This blog post is by a group of investment professionals who also served in the Marine Corps. They say lessons they learned in Marine training have helped them in their investing and discuss them in detail. The first three lessons all revolve around the theme of preventing overconfidence. Human beings are fundamentally prone to decision-making […]
In the 1980s and 1990s, managers of stock mutual funds ruled the investment world and received a lot of attention from the media. Star fund managers were almost household names. That’s not the case now. According to this article, the top stock pickers are unknowns who receive no attention despite great records. The changing fortunes […]
For years I’ve been following a mutual fund called the Corporate Leaders fund. Originally it was part of the Lexington group of mutual funds. It now is part of Voya, which used to be part of ING. The fund has a very simple investment strategy. When formed 80 years ago it bought equal amounts of […]
Here’s a profile of a great investor most never heard of. He runs the investment portfolio for Travelers’ Insurance and has done a splendid job. The portfolio and profile are full of surprises. Investing for a conservative insurer is much like investing for a retiree, so many of you can learn a bit from the […]
Two hedge fund honchos had a conversation at a conference in New York recently, and Forbes reported on this conversation between Bill Ackman and Ray Dalio. The two contrasted their very different but successful investing approaches. The bottom line is that Dalio worries about a lot of things these days while Ackman is less worried. […]
Behavioral economics ended the idea of rational economic man. Here’s a quick review of the top seven common human behaviors that are irrational and cost investors money. 4. Confirmation bias How it tricks us: It’s a basic human flaw: We like to think we’re always right, and will go to great lengths to seek out […]