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Passive Investment Strategy

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Asset allocation—the process of distributing investment capital across the various asset classes in an allowable universe—is widely regarded as one of the most important decisions an investor faces. The ultimate goal of this process is to construct portfolios that are optimal with respect to some prespecified objectives. According to the paradigm of modern portfolio theory that originated with Markowitz (1952), the exercise of constructing optimal portfolios is ultimately one of balancing expected returns against their contribution to portfolio risk. In the investment management industry, it is commonly accepted that an ...
'. The ethos of an index fund is aptly summed up in the injunction to an index fund manager: "Don't just do something, sit there!" 2 Passive management is most common on the equity market , where index funds track a stock market index , but it is becoming more common in other investment types, including bonds , commodities and hedge funds . 3 Today, there is a plethora of market indexes in the world, and thousands of different index funds tracking many of them. 2 One of the largest equity mutual funds , the Vanguard 500 , is a passive management fund. 3 The two firms with the largest amounts of money under ...
Investing: Level-Headed or Lazy?
Passive investment management may be the Rodney Dangerfield of financial strategies—it gets no respect. Active investment strategies have had the spotlight so long, some investors may be surprised to find there is an alternative to stock picking, market timing and other faster-paced, more glamorous methods. Active investment management uses research, investigation and analysis to select investments that the selector believes will outperform the general market indexes. Passive investment management invests in broad market sectors and accepts the average returns those sectors produce. The research, investigation and analysis ... market research, surveys and trends
Stay Ahead of Your Clients - Replacing Old Ideas for a New Economy
Norm Mindel says there are many lessons advisers can learn from the recent market downturn. But the biggest lesson is that advisers' traditional ideas about how to manage clients' assets are largely obsolete. Mindel, a Lombard, Ill.-based partner at Forum Financial Management, outlined his investment strategies in a new book, "Wealth Management in the New Economy" (Wiley, 2010). The following are three ways advisers can rethink their wealth management approach. --Forget the track record: Mindel cautions advisers to avoid chasing high-flying returns from a hot money manager. A couple of years of hot performance ... market research, surveys and trends


IMF Survey: New Income Model to Set IMF on Firmer Footing
he IMF's Executive Board has endorsed a new package of measures to set the institution's finances on a sound long-term footing, ending the IMF's overreliance on income from lending operations to finance its work. The package picked up on many measures that had been proposed in early 2007 by the Committee of Eminent Persons —which was headed by Andrew Crockett and created to help the IMF design a new income model. The new income model should last for years to come, IMF Finance Department Director Michael Kuhn tells IMF Survey online . IMF Survey online: Will the new income model that you've developed — industry trends, business articles and survey research
The Inefficient Market Argument for Passive Investing
Index fund proponents often argue in favor of passive investing because they believe that the modern U.S. equity market is informationally efficient. Market efficiency is the assertion that stock prices already reflect the best possible estimate of fair value, so there is no reason to actively buy and sell individual securities. However, for most investors, the assumption that the stock market is not efficient makes the argument for indexing even stronger. Even if prices routinely deviate from fair value, about two thirds of all active investors will underperform index funds every year. Further, if market prices are not ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Governor is wrong about 'combined reporting'
As Gov. Ed Rendell and his supporters press for higher taxes in the 2010-11 state budget, they continue to make statements that range from misleading to factually incorrect, significantly clouding what should be a reasoned dialogue about what is really needed to move the commonwealth forward. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the push for combined reporting, a complex tax reporting system that would have far-reaching, harmful effects on large and small employers. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. As has been reported on numerous occasions, ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Are equity funds just fair-weather friends?
There is one school of thought that believes that index funds are more efficient than the average actively-managed equity fund. It cites two popular investment theories ‘Efficient Market Hypothesis’ and ‘Random Walk Theory’ that suggest that it is impossible to ‘beat the market’ in the long term. The Efficient Market Hypothesis states that market efficiency causes stocks to trade at their fair value. The Random Walk Theory concludes that stocks pick a random and unpredictable path; the past trend cannot be taken as a benchmark to predict the future movement of a stock. Thus, supporters of ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Analysis Passive Investment Strategies and Asset Price Fluctuation ...
cial Intelligence, Agent-Based Modeling, Passive Investment Strategy .... investigate (1) the effects of Passive Investment Strategy at the micro- and ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
FDIC: Risk Management Manual of Examination Policies
Securities and end-user derivatives (investment) activities can provide banks with earnings, liquidity, and capital appreciation. Carefully constructed positions can also reduce overall bank risk exposures. However, investment activities can also create considerable risk exposures, particularly: This section provides guidance, policy, and sound practices regarding: Policies, procedures and risk limits, Internal controls, Unsuitable investment activities, Risk Identification, measurement, and reporting, Board and senior management oversight, Compliance, Report of examination treatment, and Other guidance (trading, accounting, ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Indexed Investing
Indexed investing is a strategy designed to match a market, not beat it. Done properly, it can be cheap and tax-efficient. After costs and taxes, an indexed investor in a market can beat the average active investor.  Many investment vehicles, both mutual funds and the more recently introduced exchange-traded funds, make it possible for individuals to invest some or all of their assets in indexed strategies. This talk elaborates on these points, describes some of the more attractive funds and shows how indexed investing can be used to help obtain a globally diversified portfolio.   Indexed ...
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If you use a passive investment strategy, you focus on a mix of broad asset classes, such as domestic growth stocks, bonds, foreign stocks and cash -- not on individual stocks. You mostly trade to rebalance your allocation, not to buy and sell within an asset class. If you subscribe to an active investment strategy, you focus on stock picking and market timing. You’re more interested in trading than a buying and holding. Both strategies have advantages. You’ll pay a lot less in transaction costs with the passive strategy, and you can put off paying capital gains tax until you sell. For the active strategy to be ...
Writing covered calls as a feasible source of income for retail ...
I've been reading up on options trading, and from my understanding covered calls is a low risk way to generate some profits on your stock. Is it possible and feasible for a retail investor to make regular income from covered calls? I'm not looking for huge gains, just extra $500 or so there and there. If yes, then what kind of stock should I be writing covered calls on? Honestly, I'd skip this plan if I were you--no offense, but you may be a little out of your depth if you're asking AskMe for advice on this strategy. Do you understand how the Black Scholes option pricing model works? It sounds like ...