Where the Action Is

When you look at the geographic map of the world, you’re actually looking at several major distortions. First, unless you’re looking at a globe, the map will show Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Canada and Australia as much larger than they actually are, while equatorial areas like the middle of South America and pretty much all of […]

When Diversification Fails

 

Correlation coefficients are one of the most complicated areas of the asset management world, but the idea behind them is pretty simple–or, at least, most of us thought it was until the 2008-2009 meltdown. The basic idea is that you study the price movements of, say, the stocks of large companies (represented by the […]

Bond King’s Messy Exit

 

Financial advisors and the investment community were shocked this past Friday when Bill Gross, sometimes referred to as “the bond king” resigned from Pimco, a firm he founded in 1971 that rose to become one of the largest mutual fund management firms in the world. Gross also served as fund manager for the $221.6 […]