Fads Come and Go

“There’s one robust new idea in finance that has investment implications maybe every 10 or 15 years, but there’s a marketing idea every week.” – Nobel Prize recipient Eugene Fama

Before adding assets or changing strategies in your portfolio, ask yourself the following three questions.

  1. What is this strategy claiming to provide that is not already in my portfolio?
  2. If it is not in my portfolio, can I reasonably expect that including it or focusing on it will increase expected returns, reduce expected volatility, or help me achieve my investment goal?
  3. Am I comfortable with the range of potential outcomes?

If your answers create any doubts, consider delaying the portfolio changes you had in mind. Remember that sticking to a long-term, disciplined investment approach, based upon research and implementation, may be your best approach to navigating the markets. The performance review of first quarter reminds us of that.