Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio!

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Most investors spend their time worrying about selecting individual stocks and mutual funds: big mistake! Modern Portfolio Theory—developed in 1952 by economics Nobel Prize winner Harry Markowitz—shows that it’s more important to focus on how our securities interact as a whole. Astonishingly, most investors—including many professionals—still run their investment accounts the same way people did back when “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window” played on the Hit Parade. It’s time to apply what we’ve learned in ...
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Overview

Most investors spend their time worrying about selecting individual stocks and mutual funds: big mistake! Modern Portfolio Theory—developed in 1952 by economics Nobel Prize winner Harry Markowitz—shows that it’s more important to focus on how our securities interact as a whole. Astonishingly, most investors—including many professionals—still run their investment accounts the same way people did back when “How Much Is That Doggie In the Window” played on the Hit Parade. It’s time to apply what we’ve learned in financial economics over the past 50 years to bring your portfolio into the rock-’n-roll era.Armed with a computer, you, the investor, can use sophisticated tools to analyze your holdings—tools that would have been the envy of the biggest money managers only a decade ago. First among these is the Monte Carlo simulator: the better mousetrap that investors have been waiting for.With their trademark wit, Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth show you how your current portfolio is radically underdiversified, costing you money. They offer step-by-step instructions to supercharge it across a variety of investment situations to get you the best risk-adjusted returns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401917647
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 8.98 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Stein can be seen talking about finance on Fox TV news every week. He has written about finance for Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal for decades and contributes regularly to the AARP’s Modern Maturity (now AARP: The Magazine). He was one of the chief busters of the junk bond frauds of the 1980s, has been a long-time critic of corporate executives’ self-dealing, and has written several self-help books about personal finance.Phil DeMuth is an investment psychologist with a longstanding interest in the stock market. He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, as well as Human Behavior and Psychology Today. His opinions have been quoted on theStreet.com and Fortune Magazine and is president of Conservative Wealth Management in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Step 1: Don't Skip Step 1 1

Chapter 2 Step 2: It's Your Whole Portfolio That Matters 7

Chapter 3 Step 3: Take on Risk Intelligently 15

Chapter 4 Step 4: Diversify 33

Chapter 5 Step 5: Use the Monte Carlo Simulator to Test-Drive Your Portfolio 61

Chapter 6 Special Topics: A Farewell to Bonds? 93

Chapter 7 Special Topics: Roll Your Own Hedge Fund 107

Chapter 8 Special Topics: Investing for Income 117

Chapter 9 Step 6: Do a Portfolio Reality Check 133

Appendix A Berkshire Hathaway by Way of Monte Carlo 149

Appendix B Coping with Concentrated Holdings 153

Glossary 167

Index

About the Authors

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