The recent rise in stock market interest among retail investors has certainly been apparent among my friends. In normal times, I might get an occasional question about investing, but the number of questions has risen substantially since the market bottom last year.
Investors sometimes want to pigeonhole investing factors. We want to look at a factor and associate a certain type of company with it. Doing so makes us more comfortable with the factor and makes us believe we have a better feel for the types of stocks we will get if we invest using it.
The last 40 years have been an exceptionally strong period for a portfolio of stocks and bonds. With stocks performing well and bonds benefitting from a tailwind of constantly falling interest rates, a portfolio consisting of only the two asset classes has been all investors have needed.
But a deeper look at market history reveals that there were significant periods where a standard stock and bond mix didn't serve investors well.
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the concept of all weather investing with Eric Crittenden of Standpoint Funds. All weather investing seeks to hold a diverse portfolio of assets that have the potential to perform well across a wide range of economic environments, including the inflationary environments that have tripped up the standard 60/40 portfolio in the past. We discuss the benefits of an all weather portfolio, the process of constructing a portfolio to stand up to a wide range of potential environments and the role of behavior in building an all weather strategy.
Investors tend to associate momentum with growth stocks. If you try to name a typical momentum stock off the top of your head, you will probably think of names like Google or Facebook or Amazon. And that is especially true when we have gone through a growth dominated period like we have in the past decade.
But the reality is that momentum doesn't care about growth. It doesn't care about value either. It also doesn't care about quality. All it cares about is that a stock's price has gone up.
In this episode, we look at why momentum is a chameleon, and why that fact can make it challenging to follow for many investors.
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