Blog Posts from October 2014

What Can We Learn From the VIX?

Author: Nathan Rowader
Date: October 15, 2014
Category: Macro Trends
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Last week the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index (VIX) briefly reached above 30 for the first time since 2011. This sharp jump coincides with a sizeable decline in the S&P 500 Index, -9.84% from the high on September 19, 2014, to the low on October 15, 2014. So, how is a savvy investor supposed to interpret the jump in volatility?

Managing Risk | Part 4: Putting It All Together

Author: Nathan Rowader
Date: October 2, 2014
Category: Financial Planning
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In the past few weeks we have discussed the complicated nature of averages, explored a simple method for forecasting returns and discovered how volatility-based rebalancing has the potential to deliver some great returns for investors. This week, we are going to put it all together using each element of the portfolio construction process.


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