Investment Titans: Investment Insights from the Minds that by Jonathan Burton

By Jonathan Burton

Let the legends of finance be your cash managers! think having the chance to invite Babe Ruth the way to hit, or Charles Lindbergh the way to fly. funding Titans assembles an unheard of panel of Nobel laureates and nice monetary thinkers--including Harry Markowitz, Paul Samuelson, John Bogle, and others--to ask: ''How can traders make shrewdpermanent judgements that reduce possibility and uncertainty and maximize return?'' Their solutions are thought-provoking, leading edge, and sure to supply ecocnomic insights for readers to exploit of their personal investing.

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But for much of the 1990s, many investors felt they had already been to the mountaintop. 8 percent each year on average between 1995 and 1999—more than twice its normal reward, according to Ibbotson. An equity culture flowered, although at times it seemed more of an equity cult. 4 Each 1,000-point ascent of the Dow Jones Industrial Average brought larger headlines and heightened investor interest in stocks. Individuals hungered for shares, and the rising demand was self-fulfilling as the stock prices quoted on Wall Street spiraled upward.

What’s wrong with that? Nothing, if you don’t mind paying more for the same results. S. 4 percent a year for management, or $140 on each $10,000 investment. 6 percent, or $60. 18 percent, or $18 for a $10,000 account. The Efficient Frontier: Harry Markowitz 2 3 Closet index funds will never venture far from the market average. Yet because of their higher expenses, returns for index-hugging portfolios will be lower than for real index funds. If you want an investment to follow an index, buy an index fund.

But with a 10 percent cap on investment in a given sector, even a 50 percent loss would mean an overall portfolio decline of just 5 percent. Additionally, to offset specific company risk, keep investment in any single stock to a maximum of 5 percent of the portfolio. 5 percent. Markowitz’s own portfolio is a balanced 50-50 blend of stock mutual funds and individual bonds. His main exposure to domestic and international stocks comes from the highly diversified College Retirement Equities Fund, which is exclusively for employees of educational and research institutions.

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