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Posts tagged ‘Risk’
Everybody loves cheap money, right? Well, if you’re a borrower, you’ve definitely benefited from actions taken by the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at record lows.
Tuesday was another full day at the Milken Institute Global Conference. In my last post, I gave you a session-by-session recap of Monday’s events. Today, I thought I’d examine the past two days of presenters and panels with the intent of addressing the recurring questions called out in my previous post. First, how should we think about risks in the current environment? And second, when and where should we look for real growth? That second question of course implies a corollary, where will we find investment returns? Read more
From the desk of risk:
The trader sums his gains. The investor compounds her returns.
When I was a kid, we used to have bike races through the neighborhood. One particular race on a summer evening featured a 1.5 mile route, a fit 12-year-old on a dirt bike, and a slightly pudgy 10-year-old on a ten-speed. Of course, the ten-speed was a much bigger bike so it was going to be an interesting race. Those not racing would follow along on their bikes or wait at various points along the route. A few bets were made (mostly trading cards) and the race was on.
The race began exactly as would be expected – the older boy on the smaller dirt bike jumped out to an enormous lead. At one point, the distance between the two riders was somewhere between two to three hundred yards. But . . . slightly past the halfway point, the younger boy on the ten-speed pulled ahead. In the end, it wasn’t even close.
Why did the younger boy win? Read more
I’ve written previously about market volatility and how severe volatility can hurt overall portfolio return.
It should always be understood, when in the market, that volatility comes with the territory. Still, investors can manage the impacts of volatility through portfolio diversification. Diversification doesn’t assure a profit or protect against a loss in a market decline, but it can help to smooth the shocks in an investment portfolio.