BULLS & BEARS: Investors do well to avoid asset-allocation infatuation

Asset allocation is a term regularly used in the investment industry. A close cousin of diversification, it refers to the division of an investor's dollars between a variety of different "asset classes," and is generally considered to be a tool to control risk. The two most basic asset classes are simply stocks and bonds. There was a time when simple "models" were employed by institutional investors, such as pension funds, with the rule of thumb formula being a portfolio of...

 

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