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Diversification Is More Than Just Stocks And Bonds

Diversification is a fundamental concept of investing that was introduced to us through the groundbreaking, Nobel Prize-winning research of Harry Markowitz in the 1950s.

Most investors think of diversification from the traditional perspective, which means investing in different types of stocks and bonds in an effort to increase portfolio returns while mitigating risk.

Now, thanks to 60 years of empirically-validated financial science, we can expand our concept of diversification and consider it within the context of "factor investing.” Factors are simply sources of expected returns that are well documented in markets around the world and across different periods.

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Investor Sentiment – A Poor Measure of Irrational Exuberance

Former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan coined the phrase “Irrational Exuberance” in 1996, during the dot-com craze of the 1990s.  Many interpreted the phrase as his warning that the market was getting overvalued or overheated.

Since the dot-com bubble imploded in 2000, we’ve heard the phrase whenever someone perceives any kind of speculative frenzy in the stocks, housing, commodities or some other asset class or area of the economy.  For many, irrational exuberance means we’re in bubble territory.

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VIX, Not the Cold or Flu Remedy, But a Poor Measure of Market Volatility

When you hear someone say VIX, don’t confuse it with Vick’s, the brand that brings you "The Nighttime Sniffling Sneezing Coughing Aching Stuffy Head Fever So You Can Rest Medicine.”

VIX is the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular measure of near-term volatility of S&P 500 index options. It is often referred to as the fear index and it represents one measure of the anticipated stock market volatility over the next 30-day period.

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Mutual Funds are Gluten Free

Just like many food companies are now advertising their products as gluten free, mutual funds companies are also marketing smart.

They understand that it is not in their best interest to show poor-performing mutual funds. Have you ever seen an ad for a mutual fund that lost 40%, 20% or even 5%?

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The Lucky and the Rare...Which is Which?

During extended bull markets (e.g., 1987-2000 and 2009-date), money managers appear to make money hand over fist.  Even average “do-it-yourself” investors can do well.  These types of bull markets support the adage that a rising tide lifts all boats.

However, as Warren Buffet wrote in 2001, ”…you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.”

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