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04 January 2013

Weekend Reading for Financial Advisers: Fiscal Cliff, Behavioral Finance, and Poker

Posted In: Weekend Reads

Happy 2013! What better way to start off the new year than with a handy reading list? Here are some great resources for financial advisers, in case you missed them:

Fiscal Cliff (Not)

Behavioral Finance


Economic Theory and Poker

  • Modern Portfolio Theory is for Nitiots” looks at the failings of modern portfolio theory (MPT) through the lens of poker. A “nitiot,” in case you are wondering, is “the player who is so fearful of risk, he (or she) will make terrible decisions to avoid it — laboring under the mistaken assumption that volatility and risk are the same thing.” How does this relate to MPT? “The Nitiot’s central failing is also a central plank of Modern Portfolio Theory: The wrong-headed notion that volatility equates to risk.” (Mercenary Trader)



  • In his article “How Safe are Annuities?” Joe Tomlinson, an actuary and financial planner, makes the point that many advisers don’t recommend annuities because of the possibility that insurance companies will run into financial difficulties. But, he notes, “annuities are the best way to mitigate longevity risk, which may pose a greater danger, and advisors can take steps to help protect clients from insurers’ financial problems.” The piece was published in August 2012 but recently caught my attention because it was one of the 10 most-read articles from Advisor Perspectives last year. (Advisor Perspectives)

Marketing/Practice Management

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About the Author(s)
Lauren Foster

Lauren Foster is managing editor of Enterprising Investor and co-lead of CFA Institute’s Women in Investment Management initiative. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for Barron’s and the Financial Times. Prior to her freelance work, Foster spent nearly a decade on staff at the FT as a reporter and editor based in the New York bureau. Foster holds a BA in political science from the University of Cape Town, and an MS in journalism from Columbia University.

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