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  • July 12, 2016

    Market Volatility can be Predictable

    Market volatility, often measured as the standard deviation of stock market returns, varies from low levels during calm economic times to high levels during periods of great economic uncertainty or market distress. Volatility can be predicted even in an informationally efficient market. For example, a corporation’s stock should be expected ...

  • July 5, 2016

    Optimal Diversification

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly correlated returns are combined into a portfolio. Diversification reduces risk and can do so without reducing expected returns. Three critical questions arise in trying to diversify optimally or ideally: how ...

  • June 28, 2016

    Tail Risk Matters

    Tail risk is the chance of extremely large losses. Systematic tail risk is the chance of extremely large portfolio losses due to large declines in one or more major financial markets, especially equity markets. Recent advances in finance research are revealing the importance of tail risk in pricing assets and ...

  • June 13, 2016

    THE ABCs of ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS

    What is an alternative investment? There are many ways this question can be answered. Alternative investments are often described as any investment that is not a traditional investment such as a stock or a bond. Alternative investments are usually defined as an investment that produces

  • June 13, 2016

    THE ABCs OF CLOSED END MUTUAL FUNDS

    Most investors are familiar with open end mutual funds because these are the common type of mutual funds that have been offered for decades by major investment companies. Few investors are familiar with a less common type of mutual fund: a closed end mutual fund. Closed end funds are worth ...

  • June 13, 2016

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF DIVERSIFICATION

    Diversification is one of the most important and reliable methods of enhancing risk-adjusted investment performance. But can we diversify in a way that gives our portfolios the best reductions in risk? In this article I discuss which securities to select and how to weight them. Diversification occurs when assets with imperfectly ...

  • August 1, 2013

    Why Even Rich People Are Having Trouble Getting a Mortgage

    Home prices are rising, but even the well-off are facing obstacles from tight-fisted banks

    By: Richard Satran

    US News & World Report’s | August 1, 2013

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  • July 25, 2013

    Housing stocks fall, Facebook jumps on Wall Street

    MATTHEW CRAFT / AP Business Writer The Associated Press | July 25, 2013

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      NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results from PulteGroup, D.R. Horton and other home builders left major stock indexes with only tiny gains in afternoon ...

  • December 10, 2012

    Refinancing near retirement can be smart

    By Amy Hoak, MarketWatch Marketwatch | December 10, 2012   CHICAGO (MarketWatch)—Tempting low interest rates continue to make headlines, making refinancing your mortgage look attractive. But when retirement isn’t far off, the decision to refinance can get more complicated. After all, most pre-retirees are trying to reduce debt before their last day of ...

  • September 20, 2012

    Brawling Politicians: Bad for Your Portfolio?

    By Richard Satran           September 7, 2012 The love fest of the political convention season ended almost as soon as it began, when the first prime-time speaker, House Speaker John Boehner, set a Republican agenda that "starts with throwing out the politician who doesn't get it, and electing a new president ...

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