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3 posts from December 2015

12/02/2015

DIY Financial Advisor- A Book Review

The Alpha Architect, LLC team of Wes Gray, Jack Vogel, and David Foulke has produced a dynamic, fun, and accessible text that has the power to free readers from agonizing over implementing a disciplined investment process and making investment decisions. The processes offered convincingly depict a route to success in investing. The authors present ample evidence that provides simple solutions to achieving selected investment objectives considering asset class risks and correlations among domestic and foreign stocks, US Treasuries, US real estate, and commodities.

The book is divided into two parts: Why You Can Beat the Experts, and How You Can Beat the Experts. This division aids the book’s overall purpose: to provide a sensible and systematic introduction to “doing investments yourself.” Why You Can Beat the Experts is fun to read and direct in its message. The authors question the real value of so-called experts. While the experts have access to information, more data, and experience, they are often wrong. Think about it: why would more data necessarily support better investment decisions? Rather than analyzing data until blue in the face, why not model the investment process? The authors “bust” many investment myths in this section of the book, and in doing so, entice the reader to pursue systematic decision-making—and be healthy skeptics.

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The Great Mismatch: Addressing Barriers to Global Capital Flows (Part IV)

PART IV: The Barriers to Efficient Capital Flows (continued)

Efficient cross-border capital flows—allowing investors to search for reliable returns, and in the process, meet legitimate capital needs wherever they are—would be a more effective way to finance the global economy than today’s system. In theory, few dispute this. In practice, many barriers have been erected that hamper efficient flows. The deliberate or inadvertent barriers to efficient global capital flows have been erected by a unique combination of regulators, governments, historical conventions and path-dependencies, investor mindsets and capital-seekers themselves (see below exhibit).

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Three Critical Steps for Extracting Great Insights (Step 3: Entice a Thorough Response)

Insights1Have you ever found yourself going into a store or making a call for something you need only to be disappointed by the salesperson? As soon as the experience began to deteriorate, you probably had little interest in sharing your needs because you thought “let me just end this pain and find a better option.”

The problem here is the salesperson hadn’t developed good influencing skills which are required to entice the customer to share his or her needs.  As analysts, we’re “salespeople” because we need to sell the person we’re interviewing on the idea they will benefit by giving us the information we need. This post continues a 3-part series covering our ICE™ framework for effective questioning. Step 3 focuses on the “E” of the ICE™ framework, “entice a response.”

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