How Commodities Can Give Your Portfolio a Fresh Start

The traditional 60/40 balanced portfolio is no stranger to coming under fire. Many pundits have decreed the death of the balanced portfolio, arguing that a low yield environment will prove insurmountable and bonds will no longer be able to provide necessary diversification for investor portfolios. This proclamation has yet to be proven correct, and in the investment management industry, being too early is the same thing as being wrong. That being said, is this time different?

Rewiring Your Amygdala: The Practical Application of Trend in an Investment Portfolio

When an individual contemplates whether they want to make an investment, generally the first thoughts revolve around return expectations. If I am willing to invest in a company, either through debt or equity, what is my expected return, and is the return enough for me to feel comfortable with the risk of supplying capital to that company?

The Investment Community is Underinvested in Commodities

The slow growth, disinflationary economic environment subsequent to the Global Financial Crisis has left investors under-invested in inflation-sensitive asset classes such as commodities. However, as this Bloomberg article points out, the investment community is beginning to take note.Commodities provide several notable benefits to portfolios:Should perform well during an inflationary cycleShould perform well during periods of…

Monte Carlo Simulations: A Journey Down Many Paths

In a previous blog post by Viewpoint Investment Partners, Volatility, A Skewed Reality, Amin Haji, Manager, Research & Analytics, explored the probability of specific wealth targets being achieved over a 20-year period when comparing investments with similar annual returns but differing volatilities. To perform his analysis, he leveraged a simple but powerful tool: Monte Carlo…

In Memory of Bill Fouse, Index Fund Pioneer

It is a common misconception that Jack Bogle and Vanguard Group created the first index mutual fund. While Bogle and Vanguard helped to bring index investing to the masses with the first public index mutual fund, it was actually William Fouse at Wells Fargo in the early 1970s that launched the first index fund marketed…

Are There Ever Good Behavioural Biases?

Behavioural biases and the effect of human psychology on rational decision making is a topic often discussed in investment management. Both retail and institutional investors are impacted by their psychological wiring, but most of the time the discussion centers around how investors can mitigate the impact of negative behavioural biases on their investment decision making….

The (Mis) Behaviour of Markets

As any investor will know, there are no defined set of rules in financial markets; investment management is a far cry from a hard science where normal distributions and other statistical methods work well. While it’s common knowledge that many concepts in modern finance have massive shortcomings (e.g. Markowitz’s modern portfolio theory and the efficient…

The Surprising Impact of Personality On Investment Management

Despite the fact that quantitative investment strategies are increasing in popularity, there is still a large amount of capital that is being invested by carbon-based asset allocators. Even if a specific strategy exclusively utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence, there is still a human that is crafting the specifications and building parameters on which the…

The Future of Investment Management

It is no secret that the traditional asset management industry is in the midst of disruption. Advances in technology and the rise of low-cost indexed products has turned the business of investment management on its head. Recently, there has been a distinct trend of consolidation in mid-size asset management, as large entities with more established…

The Moral Animal – Why We Are The Way We Are

For those interested in human psychology and how evolutionary forces can influence the way individuals make decisions, The Moral Animal – Why We Are The Way We Are by Robert Wright is a fascinating read. It explores the science of evolutionary psychology, examining the historical context around how the theory of natural selection was conceptualized…