While diversification is a crucial way to spread risk across multiple investments, over-diversification1 occurs when a portfolio owns too many investments. In this instance, there can be some potential "hidden" costs, including reduced return potential without a material reduction in risk.2 If we think of diversification as the cost investors incur to reduce the risk [...]
As we reviewed in the two previous posts, diversification is an effective way to reduce risk. If you own too many investments, however, there can be hidden costs without a material reduction in the risk of loss. These costs may include: Reduced returns which can increase the risk of not reaching your financial goals Unnecessary [...]
Assuming you invest in individual stocks and/or mutual funds, what is one of the first questions you should ask if you want higher investment returns? The answer is, “Do I own too many investments?” This is an essential question because of the potential hidden costs of owning too many investments, also known as over-diversification. While [...]
As you probably saw last week, global stock markets dropped sharply in value. There are a number of factors contributing to these recent declines including expectations of higher interest rates, falling oil prices and an economic slowdown in China.
As our focus is on the long-term, we welcome periods of sharp market declines as falling prices often produce for our clients buying opportunities with less risk. Also, periods of sharp market declines are historically normal and to be expected when investing in the stock market. Continue Reading …
USA Today recently published an interesting article titled “How bad are Wall Street forecasts? Really bad.” The article reviews why you are probably better off ignoring financial advisors who try to predict the market. Not only is their combined track record horrible over time, you may get better results by simply tossing a coin – […]