Security Valuation and Quantitative Analysis

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For many years, security valuation was viewed as an esoteric theory, mainly left to academicians. Investors did not clearly understand, nor have the computing power, to carry out the developing theory. Today, however, times have changed. MBA’s, who have had a steady diet of quantitative investment analysis, have stormed Wall Street. Sophisticated personal computers are now not only commonplace, but also essential to compete in a challenging world. The effect has been to elevate security valuation methods to an important new level in the day to day decision making process of both professional and individual investors.
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Effective Portfolio Management – Understanding Risk

One of the basic premises of investing is that investors attempt to maximize the returns from their investments.  In doing so, it is assumed that investors are risk averse, that is, given a choice between two assets of equal rate of return, an investor will select the asset with the lower level of risk.  Although this relationship does not imply that all investors are risk averse, it does mean that there is a positive relationship between expected return and expected risk.  So how do we define risk? Continue reading Effective Portfolio Management – Understanding Risk

The Cost of Investing

The cost of investing is a crucial component of overall portfolio performance. Informed investors must understand the impact of investment fees and expenses, since the cumulative impact of these fees and expenses can be substantial. This is especially true with an ever growing universe of investment options, and the various levels of account management services, all having their costs. So, while most investors regularly monitor investment holdings, investment costs must likewise be reviewed. Continue reading The Cost of Investing

IAM Investing Principles

 

Current market volatility requires investors to reaffirm goals, reassess investments and rebalance portfolios with the goal of sound, long-term portfolio management. By identifying risk characteristics, return goals and time horizon, investor’s are able to balance their portfolio to properly match asset allocations (cash, bonds, stocks, other) to reach these goals.

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Guidelines For Helping Investors Set Their Investment Objectives

As investors build their investment portfolio, it is important to maintain a proper allocation to targeted goals for investment types (cash, fixed income, stocks, etc.), depending on the investor’s tolerance for risk. Investment Account Manager includes some guidelines that may help investors with setting their investment objectives.

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Financial Planning for Emergencies

Medical emergencies are just one of the situations that can cause serious financial strain if you’re unprepared

 

You’ve probably been told before to prepare for the unexpected, and that’s good advice.  And being prepared for the unexpected includes your finances as well. In the event of a job loss, medical expense, or other form of unexpected financial damage, it’s important to have an emergency fund. So once you’ve asked yourself what’s the worst thing that could happen to you financially, you’ll need to figure out what you’d need should disaster strike…

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