The best way to own common stocks is through an index fund that charges minimal fees. Those following this path are sure to beat the net results… delivered by the great majority of investment professionals
Investment management is a commodity whose market price has dropped close to zero, whereas the advice and judgment of a good financial planner can do wonders for your net worth.
Beta appeals to the intellect, alpha is emotional. Everybody has the ability to find beta; nearly no one has the ability to find alpha. Beta is a humble approach to markets, a more honest recognition of the limits of your talent and personality type. Alpha ignores the probabilities, assuming they will beat those odds to obtain the holy grail.
The Capital Markets Work
The prices of securities reflect the expectation of all market participants. The capital markets are far from perfect, but they do a good job of fairly pricing all available information and investor expectations about publicly traded securities.
Asset Allocation and Portfolio Structure Drive Portfolio Return
The most important factor determining the level of risk and variability of return in a portfolio is asset allocation.
Costs reduce an investor’s net return and represent a hurdle for a fund. Before a fund can outperform, it must first add enough value to cover its costs. Sadly, vast majority of professional fund manager fail to add value and high cost is a s strong predictor of poor fund performance.
Investor Behaviour is a Key Determinant of Their Long-term Outcome
All too often, investors let their emotions get the better of them with dire consequences for investment returns. We expect that planners working with Betafolio add significant value by helping clients maintain discipline approach, especially in extreme market conditions.
Risk and Return are Related
There is good risk and bad risk. Higher exposure to the right risk factors or premia leads to higher expected returns but is no guarantee of them. Risk is the premium investors pay for the expectation of a greater return.
Consistent Outperformance Is Rare
Economic uncertainties, random market movements, and the rise and fall of individual companies mean it is extremely difficult for anyone – including professional fund managers – to beat the market in the long term. There is a significant body of research to suggest that outperformance by most fund managers are down to luck rather than skill.
Diversification is Essential
Diversification is the principle of spreading your investment risk around. Our investment portfolios hold the shares and bonds of many companies and governments in many countries around the world.