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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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What is an ideal number of stock positions that I should have in my portfolio?

Is there a certain number of stock positions that one should keep in a portfolio? For example what makes more sense ? Option 1: $10,000 spread among 5 solid stocks, if you find new stock then remove ...
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Why not invest in precious metals? [closed]

I have been considering a mix of precious metals in my portfolio; mostly gold, but also some silver, platinum, and palladium. I'd like to hear some arguments why this would be a bad idea given ...
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Long-term cash-equivalent ETFs for “cash” allocation in a portfolio?

My retirement account goal analyzer advises that I keep 3% in cash. My retirement date is over 30 years from now, so I can tolerate heavy volatility and certainly don't need liquidity. Does it make ...
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Using the Rule of 72 to compute residual income?

Often I check an investment strategy's performance by summing the year-to-date realized gains/losses. I take the sum of all closing(or market for unrealized) values CT, subtract the sum of all cost ...
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How would I have a portfolio with a security of a weight greater than 1?

I recently started learning about finance and we talked about Markowitz Portfolio Theory. I understand that a portfolio consists of different assets, each of them with a certain weight. So, for ...
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How can I find ETFs whose portfolio intersects as much as possible with another ETF? [closed]

I want to find alternatives to an ETF. How can I find ETFs whose portfolio intersects as much as possible with this ETF?
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How can I view a portfolio's historical performance? [closed]

I have a premium Morningstar subscription. It provides a wealth of information and is mostly enough for my information needs. I'm able to create portfolios and watchlists, and watch their performance ...
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What exactly is the profit and loss of a portfolio?

I've searched all over the internet, but have not found the answer to this question. When we 'delta-hedge', we make the value of a portfolio 0. Now, we know that an approximation of the change in a ...
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Can we get the portfolio size approximation from P&L [closed]

Im wondering if we can get the portfolio size approximation, if we have the volatility and -/+ pnl of the portfolio ? Is there a method or a formula ? Thank you
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How are percentage of investments decided in index fund like VTSAX?

I see that Portfolio composition - has about 20% technology, 19% financials etc - and there is similar composition for companies. This is a general question for index funds - specific example for ...
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Building an index tracking portfolio

I want to track an index for my savings, but I wasn't able to find in my country (Argentina, if it matters) an Index Fund that's cheap, has a low tracking error and that I can expect won't be ...
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How to calculate return on capital for calendar year?

For an options portfolio, I'd like to calculate return on capital from Jan to Dec. These are monthly options that are held for a few days to months. There's a couple of problems with trying to ...
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Risk management strategies for ETF portfolio

I have an ETF portfolio (MSCI World, Euro Stoxx 600) and I'm following a "buy and hold" strategy. But I would also like to learn more about risk management strategies. More precisely, I'd like to ...
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Fee-only financial advice vs. asset management (which includes advice)?

My wife and I are looking for a financial advisor. I am 52 and she is 48. We have a million plus in assets, with most of that in 401k... about 500,000 in a brokerage account. We have found a ...
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Which portfolio model will you suggest to a private investor for investing pension asset? [closed]

I am a private investor and I wish to invest my (some of) pension myself in stocks, ETFs and bonds. I want to implement at model myself. Which quantitive portfolio optimization model will you suggest ...
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Are buying puts valid portfolio protection?

Any article you read on buying puts for downside protection always walks through the optimal outcome. It goes like this: You buy cheap puts, the market declines before your puts expire and you have a ...
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Math for Portfolio Value Net of Fees

I'm looking to do a pretty basic Finance 101-type calculation to compare final portfolio values given varying fees. Let's say I start with a $50,000 portfolio. It's invested in a fund that returns 7%...
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CAT & ILS Bonds/funds [closed]

I'm constructing an portfolio with the objective to diversify as much as possible. I would like to include securities that are uncorrelated with the financial markets. The last few days I've been ...
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How to calculate the expected standard deviation of a weighted composite portfolio?

So my questions asks me to determine the expected standard deviation for a weighted composite portfolio, but I have no idea what equation to begin with. I have answered A, but B I am lost. Here is ...
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Is the ESPP discount profit?

My employer offers an ESPP program through which we can buy stocks with some discount. Assume the discount is D and the market price in the day when the stock is purchased is P. The stock is purchased ...
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Rebalancing a portfolio

Quick question on rebalancing a portfolio. Let's say that 10% of my portfolio is in something really speculative such as bitcoin (speculative for me at least)...now I've said to myself that I'm only ...
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Is there anything wrong with having a portfolio consisting of a single fund?

Aside from cash reserves, the entire portfolio is in a Vanguard mutual fund that has a good split between domestic stocks and bonds. The split is at the target ratio the investor is looking for. Is ...
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What period to compute the most accurate expected returns to do a covariance matrix for the optimal portfolio according to Markowitz method?

I am able and willing to invest some money into risky assets that may have high expected returns on at least one year: I want to invest my personal money into crypto currencies. I use a solver made by ...
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How aggressive should my personal portfolio be?

I am 27 and have a retirement portfolio with three funds that are all rather long-term investments: MSCI World (ETF) Magna New Frontiers Ökoworld Ökovision Classic C This portfolio is managed by an ...
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Is a robo-adviser worth the risk?

I've seen a lot of talk lately about robo-advisers that manage stock portfolios for minimal expenses. The expenses are usually paid by ETF's. I am not very well versed in all this stock and ...
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Calculating Simple Portfolio Returns with Rebalancing or Adding/Removing Securities

Given a set of portfolio weights, w, and historical security prices, I am looking to calculate a simple portfolio return via: where R is the simple return for a given security from time t to t+1: ...
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How can I track the value of options live in my portfolio

With stocks I can enter price and amount into most applications and they allow me track the total Profit / Loss live. Are there any ways to do this with option positions? I was considering entering ...
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What indicators should I look for when investing in various stocks or funds?

Say I want to manage my own portfolio of stocks or funds, which key indicators should I primarily look for? To me there are few, although I'm not sure they are the most relevant: Sharpe ratio ...
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What's the formula for profits and losses when I delta hedge?

Say I buy a call option today, and I short the underlying stock with the delta. What is the value of this portfolio today? Then, one period later, say there's a change in the stock price. That also ...
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Determing folio number from demat account

I am holding the shares of Cauvery Software Engineering Systems LTD. in my demat account but I do not know the folio number and the serial numbers of the share of the company. Can anyone help me in ...
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TRUE OR FALSE: As the number of assets in a portfolio increases,the variance tends towards the average s.d of the assets

TRUE OR FALSE: As the number of assets in a portfolio increases, the variance of the portfolio returns will tend towards the average standard deviation of the assets of the portfolio. And why? I said ...
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How to construct a stock portfolio using the Kelly criterion?

Descriptions of the Kelly criterion are usually illustrated by examples about making optimal bets. But what would the guidelines be regarding using it to put together an optimal stock portfolio? For ...
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Can I calculate an average annualised return from investments held for different lengths of time?

My question is: given a number of investments of differing amounts, held for different lengths of time, how would I calculate an approximate average annualised growth for the entire portfolio over its ...
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Compare my variable portfolio performance with S&P 500?

The question may appear simple at first but I really cannot come up with a quick and easy way to compare my performance as a trader Vs S&P500. For the sake of simplicity, I am analyzing my ...
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Standard metric describing % gain/loss normalized by the time of owning the security + Interactive Brokers implementation

If you sell the stock with 5% gain over 1 day it's not the same as if you sell it with 5% gain over a year. Is there a standard metric / coefficient that normalizes that and how to do it in ...
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How can I calculate the annualised growth rate for an irregular investment?

I have a portfolio, which I invest in monthly. Depending on my circumstances, the monthly amount changes from time to time (perhaps every two years or so). I want to calculate the annualised growth ...
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Portfolio insurance

I am thinking about betting the house, rather than the car, and will essentially pour all my entire net worth into the market. I am trying to find a way to protect myself against a major crash. I am ...
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What is the difference between LIQUIDATED fund and ACQUIRED fund

There are some funds that show up as "liquidated" when googled, which implies that it closed due to a bad performance. Some funds that show up as "acquired by XYZ (ticker of another stock that's being ...
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Is adjusting my portfolio's distribution according to bad signals from news risky?

I'm distributing my investment to stock(mostly MSCI ACWI) and bond funds, Basically 60:40. I also rebalance monthly as I got paid monthly. I recently worried about the global and local(South Korea) ...
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What are portfolio weights of a portfolio that costs nothing? [closed]

Say I go out and invest 5 dollars in Microsoft, and I do so by shorting some amount of IBM stocks such that I exactly finance my Microsoft investment. This portfolio has zero cost. So ... what are ...
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Reduce risk of the unexpected on a long-term portfolio

I've been thinking recently what can I do to reduce risk on my long-term buy-and-hold portfolio. When I say "risk", I'm talking about rare, unexpected but highly destructive events (think Taleb's ...
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How far should I go in trying to diversify my portfolio?

I have determined the following ratio for the Equity portion of my investments: 30%: Intl Equity 40%: US large cap 30%: US small and mid cap Now, I have some funds invested in a S&P 500 Index ...
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Low Fee Income Generating Investments for a Trust

I am looking for a low-cost / low fee investment strategy for a modest ($75K) trust. I am only allowed to distribute the income of the trust to the beneficiary and cannot dip into the trust's corpus (...
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What is the word for the sum of percentage gains from different investments? [closed]

Let's say I have $20. And I invested into two different stocks with $10 amount to each. From first investment I gained 10% profit and from second 30%. After that, I have $24. My actual profit here is ...
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Why should a person approaching retirement age make their portfolio less risky?

It seems to be common knowledge that a younger person should invest their retirement funds in growth stocks since they can ride out any market swings. It is also common knowledge that as a person ...
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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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Tracking health of a stock portfolio

Most brokerage accounts highlight the current return on your investment (average cost-basis of your portfolio is X, now market value is Y, so your return is Z%). But I don't find this single metric ...
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Is it clever to balance a portfolio across different account types?

I thought about how to balance my portfolio between low-risk and high-risk investments and at the same time between IRA, IRA Roth, and normal investment accounts. (This question is not about how to ...
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Is it a bad idea to frequently change my stock/bond mix in response to the market?

I'm currently investing in a couple of Betterment retirement accounts, and if you have used Betterment, you know that the site makes it easy to adjust your portfolio mix of stocks and bonds (see ...