Behavioral Finance

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The Active Equity Renaissance: New Frontiers of Risk

One modern portfolio theory (MPT) pillar that is unquestionably broken is the use of volatility, specifically standard deviation, as a measure of risk, Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard write in the latest edition of The Active Equity Renaissance series. This initial error in MPT’s development is a major contributor to active investment management underperformance. Read more

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Weekend Reads from India: Behavioral SIPs, Black Swans, Plagiarism

Weekend Reads from India: Dollar-Cost Averaging, Black Swans, Plagiarism

What we think we know can be deceptive. For example, try to remember the exact contents of one of your bookshelves, or draw a picture of a bicycle and include the details: the seat, the chain, and the pedals. Unless you’ve practiced or have good reason to remember, these seemingly simple requests can be anything but easy. So it is understandable if you don’t grasp the touch points behind dollar-cost averaging (DCA) in investing. Read more

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Top Five Articles from March: Cover Letters, Hedge Funds, Active Equity

Top Five Articles from March: Cover Letters, Hedge Funds, Active Equity

Julia VanDeren shares some insights on giving presentations and writing cover letters; Ben Carlson, CFA, discusses how to determine which hedge funds to invest in; Mark Harrison, CFA, curates the best content on smart beta and factor investing; and C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, offer some advice on how to revive active equity, in the top Enterprising Investor Posts from March. Read more

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Selling Sugar Short?

The irresistible demand of public opinion has forced universal male suffrage, women’s suffrage, prohibition (and its repeal), civil rights, and anti-tobacco laws. Sugar may be the next big crusade. Investors should keep this in mind when looking at food companies and pharmaceuticals. Read more

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