Practical analysis for investment professionals

David Allison, CFA, CIPM

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Biography

David L. Allison, CFA, CIPM, is vice president and founding partner at Allison Investment Management, LLC. He has formal training in investment analysis, portfolio management, and investment performance measuring techniques. Allison has extensive experience managing investment portfolios for high net-worth investors. He is an active member of CFA Institute, the CIPM Association, and the CFA Society of South Carolina, where he is a former president and currently serves on the board of directors. Allison holds of degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Author's Posts
Tax-Loss Harvesting: Should Investors Believe the Hype?

There is no shortage of hypothetical performance claims that suggest tax-loss harvesting strategies will significantly boost an investor’s after-tax returns.

Do Index Fund Portfolios Live Up to Expectations?

Are investors expecting more than index funds can deliver?

Are Index Funds the Best Way to Own Preferred Stocks?

Preferred stock index funds are a double-edged sword, says David Allison, CFA, CIPM. They are a simple, liquid, and low-cost way for investors to gain exposure to preferreds, but their simplicity makes them a blunt tool and harbors risks.

Don’t Forget Taxes When Comparing Dividend Yields

In their overzealous efforts to chase yield, investors often fail to consider the tax implications involved in owning dividend-focused investment products. The tricky thing about dividend income is that not all of it is taxed the same way.

Three Reasons Why It Is Still a Good Time to Talk about Inflation

Is it time to put conversations about inflation risk on the back burner? Questions like this illustrate a major flaw in the way many investors approach protecting their portfolios against inflation risk: Discussion starts only after rising inflation is already a problem and inflation hedges are expensive.

How Financial Advisers Can Help Close the Behavior Gap

It is critical for financial advisers to help close the behavior gap by considering how they can keep their clients from making emotional investment mistakes.

Does Selling Theoretical Performance Put Investors First?

Marketing an unproven trading strategy using theoretical results and tiny disclosures sounds underhanded, but it is fairly common in the investment industry.

Your Investment Returns: Don’t Envy the Dows or the Joneses

Relative returns (your investment returns relative to your peers or the market) likely play an underestimated role in how satisfied you are with the progress of your investments. Successful investing requires patience and a willingness to act against the crowd. Follows are a few simple suggestions that might keep you from questioning your well-thought-out investment strategy at the wrong time.

Is the Stock Market’s Smoothest Ride Priced Like a Cadillac?

Low-volatility stocks appear to provide an answer to individual investors’ concerns with empirical support showing that they tend to outperform the broader market, on average, over time. But appearances can be deceiving.

The Most Popular ETF Pitch Is Likely a Curve Ball

Proponents of ETFs are quick to point out the greater transparency, costs savings, diversification, and tradability that they offer relative to other investment products. However, tradability may offer some curve balls.



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