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The Power of Effective Diversification

Diversification is one of the most misunderstood concepts in investing.

If you read a good explanation of the strategy, you’ll learn that the goal of diversification is to combine different investments that tend not to be driven by the same factors in the economy. So when one investment lags, the others in the portfolio gain ground (or at least will be unaffected)

For example: Combining gasoline stocks with bicycle manufacturers in your portfolio. When gasoline is cheap, people drive more and bike less. When gasoline prices start to rise, people usually cut back on their driving and start biking to work. Either way, your portfolio is now less exposed to the risk of a downturn in demand for either bicycles or gasoline. Continue reading

Tactical Driving

Earlier this week we ran a piece on the difference between Tactical Asset Allocation and passive investing. In this guest post,  Michael A. Gayed of Pension Partners, a Tactical asset manager, weighs in.

As we approach summer, I can’t help but think about how people drive. After all, Americans are expected to be on the road to go on vacation as the weather gets warmer. Continue reading