Questions tagged [portfolio]

Questions relating to the collection of an individual's investments, looked at at a whole.

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Do mutual fund companies deliberately “censor” their portfolios/funds?

In Survivorship Bias, David McRaney writes: In finance, this is a common pitfall. The economist Mark Klinedinst explained to me that mutual funds, companies that offer stock portfolios, ...
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How Warren Buffett made his money

Is there any authoritative treatise or publication or book or white paper that explores (with all the math included) that how Warren Buffett really made his money? Something that explores the facts ...
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How to convince someone they're too risk averse or conservative with investments?

I have a friend who is very risk-averse, by self admission. By my standards he is too much risk averse for his own good. He says that his personal experience over the last 15-20 years taught him that ...
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How do I manage my portfolio as stock evaluation criteria evolve?

Background: I'm a very small-time (eg. $100s), inexperienced trader. Currently, I'm buying and holding stocks that bear dividends. When I evaluate stocks, I look at certain criteria; these have a ...
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Investing in commodities, pros and cons?

I'm wondering about investment in commodities (through derivatives such as futures for example). What would they offer new in a multi-asset portfolio? Probably some diversification, but what else? (...
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What's the role of commodities in a IRA portfolio?

People keep talking about percentage of stocks vs bonds to manage risk when building a personal investment portfolio. What's the role that commodities have in managing risk when building an IRA ...
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Fundamentals of creating a diversified portfolio based on numbers?

There are a number of articles and posts across the internet describing how to diversify your portfolio. But, each claim typically focuses on how to allocate your portfolio rather than describing ...
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How is my 'Personal Investment Performance' on my 401(k) calculated?

My 401(k) shows the following: my starting value at the beginning of the year personal contributions employer contributions investment gains/losses Closing value from Yesterday Total Change Personal ...
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What is the principle of forming an arbitrage strategy?

I have heard that the arbitrage strategy follows the principle of "short in expensive, and long in cheap" (Or, maybe, it was "short in cheap, and long in expensive."). I wonder how to explain this ...
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What is the standard deviation and mean return of oil?

Let's use WTI. I'd like to add oil to my portfolio, and I was wondering how much I should have. I'm in 60-70% index and 40-30% individual value stocks. I want to cut back on my value plays and add ...
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Is there any data that shows how diversifying results in better returns than just sticking to an all-stock portfolio?

Assuming that the money invested is not to be touched for decades (so the risk of temporary market downturns is irrelevant in this case), many suggest that you should still diversify your portfolio ...
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Portfolio Diversity : invest $4000 into one account or $1000 into 4 accounts?

I have a simple question : regardless of portfolio diversity and how it could be a more stable source on income, i'd like to know what system will produce more money ? $4000 into one account symbol $...
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What low-fee & liquid exchange-traded index funds / ETFs should I consider holding in a retirement portfolio?

I'm still (one year later) going through an exercise to restructure my retirement portfolio. To date, I've been using a mix of exchange-traded index funds. Some trade on the TSX, and others trade in ...
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Total gain of portfolio including sold stocks?

I have a self-managed portfolio with a few stocks in it, which I keep at Scottrade and track with a program called StockMarketEye. I've used a few other portfolio trackers as well, and they all seem ...
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What percent of your portfolio should be in a money market account?

I am wondering how much (if any) of my liquid assets should be in a money market account. It's worth mentioning that I think this varies a lot based on how big your portfolio is. For example, you ...
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Why would a passive investor buy anything other than the market portfolio + risk free assets?

It's frequently said that you should buy a "high-risk" portfolio with lots of stocks when you are young, and then move into "low-risk" portfolio with lots of bonds when you are older, essentially ...
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Are there any online tools to examine asset allocation and portfolio diversification?

Are there any good online tools to examine asset allocation, portfolio diversification? I would be interested in being able to plug in numbers, run scenarios etc. I could build a worksheet in Excel ...
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How is the Efficient Frontier drawn?

I know efficient frontier is the collection of expected return on a portfolio and the level of risk(e.g. standard deviation). What I don't understand is that is the efficient frontier really drawn ...
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Markowitz implied returns

In trying to evaluate a portfolio allocation, I want to do a reverse markowitz, that is find the implied returns that would result in the current allocation to be optimal. This results in some of the ...
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How are the sub-periods derrived in TWRR Daily Valuation?

I've been looking at the TWRR Daily Valuation method and I'm trying to understand how to break the total performance period into sub-periods when there are irregular cash flows. As the article ...
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How can I determine if my portfolio's rate of return has been “good”, or not?

I've invested in stocks as a hobby for the last ten years, so I'm no expert on this. But if you have contributed about $7,000 over the past ten years (like putting in $200 here and there) and your ...
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Senior in College, need advice on my investing plan

I am a rising senior in college and saved up $3,000 dollars from my summer internship. I have done a lot of research online about investment options for my age and I decided that opening a Roth IRA ...
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Is there data and proof that a diversified portfolio can generate higher returns than the S&P 500 Index?

I wanted to ask a follow up questions to the questions linked below. Why would I want a diversified portfolio, versus throwing my investments into an index fund? I have a personal financial adviser ...
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Portfolio theory and the business cycle: Determining ideal allocation to stocks?

Historically, there is a level of mean reversion with stock prices. So the expected return of a market portfolio changes with boom and bust periods. Is there a generalization of portfolio theory that ...
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Calculation for balancing portfolio percentage vs. risk

Disclaimer: I'm a complete novice to investment, so please adjust the style of your answer accordingly. There are some good questions on this site about "what percentage of my portfolio should I keep ...
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Is there a way to set a stop for a stock before you own it?

Here's the situation: I like to place buy orders when the market is closed. However, I do not like to wake up at 630 (pacific time) to set a stop order to sell the stock. Is it possible on merrill ...
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Pros/cons of replicating a “fund of funds” with its component funds in my IRA?

I'm interested in investing in the Vanguard Target Retirement Income Fund in my IRA. That fund is made up of 5 funds: Total Bond Market II Index Fund Investor Shares (very similar to the Total Bond ...
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Reasonable alternatives to using the Treasury rate as the risk free rate, e.g. for CAPM calculation?

For all practical purposes, the risk free interest rate is taken to be the short term Treasury bill interest rate. Let's say this rate is 0.5% per annum. But for an individual investor, if his bank ...
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How do you determine the risk free rate of an asset?

Well, I am asking this, because I am kinda confused. Here, there seems to be an error. Because they say the risk free asset and they're probably referring to WIG and it should be 0.12 and not 0.08. So,...
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Why should I worry about the variance of the return?

I have this doubt (I hope that this is not a completely silly question). If my growth rate depends on the long period average return, why should I worry about the variance of the return? i.e. over the ...
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Confused about google portfolio chart

I added a test trade using google finance, buying 1 share of Google stock : At the end of day here is how the portfolio appears : How the the run percentage so high ? 1367.53% is calculated how ? ...
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Computing portfolio return with net inflow/outflow

in his book "The four pillars of investing", the author describes this simple method to compute the rate of return for a portfolio that has a net inflow of cash: Without in- or outflow, the rate of ...
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How to treat multiple currencies in global asset allocation?

Say I'm trying to diversify my portfolio along multiple asset classes and countries. Many of those assets are in different currencies. For example, I'm based in the UK and I'm evaluating a 3 asset ...
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Investment Portfolio Analysis: Could you recommend software or a web application with these features?

I'm looking for software to track my various investments. I have brokerage accounts at TDAmeritrade, Interactive Brokers and ShareBuilder (now part of ING). I also have a 401K at ING. What I'd like ...
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Does long term asset growth really converge to that derived from compound interest formula?

Many websites/experts claim that the longer you hold your assets, the likelier your asset's return is closer to that predicted by the compound interest formula. However, some other experts claim ...
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What's the cost of rebalancing when you buy through a fund supermarket?

I was reading about how to rebalance a funds portfolio and the main drawback seemed to be that you could incurred in more costs than you would if you just do it sporadically. I understand this ...
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What risk of a diversified portfolio can be specifically offset by options?

I have been reading articles on portfolios and options. It seems options are used to hedge portfolios for multiple risk factors. I would like to know why options, and why not futures? What is the ...
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Overall portfolio vs. your investment product's portfolio?

I'm just starting to invest and going with a managed account. I'm sure any investment firm would love to manage all my available money, however I'm not ready to put all my eggs in one basket (if ever)...
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What is the difference between a fund manager and a portfolio manager?

What is the difference between: a fund manager, a portfolio manager and a trader?
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Investment Club - Legal Steps

This is an extension/more detailed question I asked a while ago: Legal documents required for managing an investment portfolio among friends? The main question here is do I need to create an LLC to ...
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Is it possible to manage my multiple accounts and my wife's multiple accounts as a single portfolio with TD Ameritrade?

Is it possible to manage my multiple accounts and my wife's multiple accounts as a single portfolio with TD Ameritrade's online tools? I would like to do easy asset allocation across all those ...
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Legal documents required for managing an investment portfolio among friends?

I am considering setting up a personal kind of hedge fund / stock portfolio among friends. I am trying to figure out what kind of a legal agreement I should have them sign for investing with me to ...
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Official site to follow Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway change in investment holdings?

Recently, from a public web site unofficial source, I found out that Warren Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway is increasing its stake in Wells Fargo. Is there a web site where I can get official ...
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Diversified portfolio return calculation & comparison to return from real estate only?

Here's a sample portfolio. If we assume that he invested $100K in the beginning (2005), is it correct that if he sold his entire portfolio and the end of 2009, he would have received $121,394? ...
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Does financing a portfolio on margin affect the variance of a portfolio?

For example, if the portfolio is financed with 50% margin, does it affect the portfolio variance?
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For higher returns, put money in fewer or more ETFs? w/rebalancing in the equation

I'm evaluating my long-term investing strategy. I am somewhat aggressive and want to stick with ETFs. Scenario A 60% Vanguard S&P 500 Index ETF (VOO) 40% Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. ETF (VEU)...
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I would like to publicly share the details of my investment portfolio. What websites add value in this regard?

I want to have the ability to share the details of my holdings and have a website track the return over time while making this information 100% public to anyone who may be interested. What websites ...
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Looking for suggestions for relatively safe instruments if another crash were to happen

My current investment strategy involves having 20% as liquid cash, 30% as bonds (aggregate bond fund), and 50% as a mix of domestic and international equity. The stock portion is invested via index ...
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What kinds of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should specifically be avoided?

This is related to my other question. There, I was asking what exchange traded funds I should consider for inclusion in my retirement portfolio. That got me thinking: What kinds of exchange-traded ...
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Vanguard retirement portfolio suggestions for my 403(b)?

I'm 28 years old and going to start my 403(b) retirement investment. My investment contributions will be 5% by me and 5% by my employer. I'm planning to invest 8% in pretax and 2% in Roth. The ...