Unorthodox monetary policies, low and negative interest rates, and other factors such as aging demographics have led to an ongoing hunt for yield. The result has brought even risk-averse investors further and further out on the risk spectrum. This paper, Adjusting to a sustained low-yield environment examines the issues.
So proclaimed Bloomberg in an interesting column about investors losing interest in hedge funds due to poor performance, or perceived poor performance, and high fees. I won’t defend the fees but will point out that fewer and fewer hedge fund investors pay the full 2 and 20 (2% management fee with 20% of the gain) in the last few years.
Over the last few weeks I’ve fielded several financial related questions (more personal finance than actual investing) from some younger people in my life (mostly nephews). This is a great reminder of a point I have made quite a few times over the years which is that even if you’re not an advisor...
A day or two after the election someone (not a Trump fan) asked me about selling out of the market as they apparently thought the market would go down. This is a great example of something that repeats over and over in the market and the thought process of market participants.
A basic stock and bond portfolio is a great starting point for building an effective portfolio. Exposure to things like factors and alternative strategies, when implemented correctly, will enhance a basic stock and bond portfolio, not attempt to replace it.