Investment Wisdom Podcast: Day 1

The Most Crucial First Question: Asset-Allocation or Security Selection?

Adam Butler, CFA, CAIA
Adam Butler is Chief Investment Officer of ReSolve Asset Management, sub-advisor to an alternative allocation strategy at Rational Funds. He manages ETF and futures based strategies including a global risk parity ETF, two Adaptive Asset Allocation funds, and a multi-strategy hedge fund. Adam is also author of the book Adaptive Asset Allocation: Dynamic Global Portfolios to Profit in Good Times and is ranked in the top 1% of authors by paper downloads on SSRN. He has authored over a dozen papers and dozens of articles on asset allocation; factor investing; quantitative methods; and portfolio optimization. Adam holds both CFA and CAIA charters and appears on BNN Bloomberg and CNBC.

On the first day of this series, we answer a pivotal question that every investor should ask themselves before embarking on their investment journey: where should you dedicate most of your energy and focus, asset allocation or security selection? We review how the biggest impact to portfolios comes from asset classes rather than individual securities.

We also expand on how the largest pools of capital may lack the portfolio agility and mandate flexibility to take full advantage of the excess returns available in the asset allocation arena. This reality tends to generate better and more sustainable long-term opportunities for smaller, unconstrained players to deploy nimble and adaptive investment strategies.

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