Don’t Like Volatility? Take a Longer-Term View

“Financial advisers need to show their clients what the distributions of stock returns are over time.” This paraphrased recommendation was given by University of Chicago professor Eugene Fama at a CFA Chicago Society event held last week. The comment was in reference to what happens to returns the longer an investor remains allocated to stocks….

 

Which Factors Are Most Important When Selecting Individual Stocks?

Factor investing came to the forefront in 1992 with Eugene Fama and Kenneth French’s paper “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns.” A factor is a characteristic or set of characteristics common to a broad set of securities that both explains performance and provides a premium or above-market return. Factors deliver above-market returns because investors demand…

 

How Much Small Cap Should Be in Your Portfolio?

This article originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. It may come as a surprise to those who have placed their nest eggs in an S&P 500 index fund, or an actively managed version thereof, that they are actually making a decision to exclude a significant portion of the equity universe. Academic…

 

How to Measure the Skills of Your Fund Manager

According to the Investment Company Institute’s Fact Book, in 2015, there were over 16,000 mutual funds, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds. This is more than the current number of stocks listed on the NASDAQ, NYSE and Amex exchanges. [Editor’s note: As of January 31, 2017, there were over 4,700 stocks listed on the major exchanges…