Building Your Portfolio
Asset management is more than a collection of securities forming a portfolio. Building a portfolio and having it be successful, needs to withstand not only the fluctuations in the markets over time but also changes in your attitude and biases. It must reflect your vision for your future wants and needs.
Building your portfolio requires bridging the gap in your beliefs and financial theories that will ensure your success as a long-term investor. Connecting the math and solid academic theory must reach beyond the rhetoric offered up so often by financial firms. Tailored solutions and personalized services protecting your family should be a given not an offering.
There are some truths in certain financial theories that stand the test of time. How do you buy into that or even do you? Setting expectations around your wants and needs versus what is possible, as well as what is probable, requires bridging the gap between knowledge and inherent biases that are in all of us. Sometimes, all of these things are aligned and the decision easy. The conflict comes in the disconnect between what is possible and probable and things that influence your views along the way. This conflict between what you think may keep you from reaching the desired result. These areas could be risk, the economy, politics or something personal to you.
What is asset management?
Here at Chasefield we provide a framework to connect those differences and conflicts. We promise to explain the portfolio and our methodology in detail using simple to understand concepts. Returns and risk will be explained giving you realistic ranges of what to expect. Our plan is to set those ranges at the beginning of the process and communicate, especially when we believe they change. We will not always be right. This is inherent in working with future returns. Being wrong small, is part of the process, being wrong big, can cost you. Promising unreasonable returns is not what we do. We must agree that this makes sense. We run a straight-forward process changing how much you own of any given security based on whether it is cheap or expensive. We explain that as well!
Our goal is to bridge the gap between your narrative and our math to construct a portfolio that not only is productive but one that will allow you to find a safe port in a sometimes-rough sea.
The debate surrounding recession and soft landing continues. Mind you, professional economists are notoriously bad at predicting recessions. Why would we be any better? However, even if you can’t predict a recession, you can at least examine the data and determine if one is within reason based on that data.
My writings typically focus on stocks and bonds, however with recent cracks in the banking system in March and extending into May, I want to give you my thoughts on the future landscape.