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The Incredible Shrinking Alpha 2nd edition

How to be a successful investor without picking winners

By Andrew L. Berkin and Larry E. Swedroe

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The Incredible Shrinking Alpha 2nd edition

How to be a successful investor without picking winners

By Andrew L. Berkin and Larry E. Swedroe

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Active managers persistently lag the returns of benchmarks and index funds that track them, with the excuses for underperformance recycled every year. This comprehensive book is the antidote for the active managers’ siren song. If you understand the benefits of indexing, or systematic investing, it will reinforce your commitment while increasing your knowledge.

If you don’t yet believe, Swedroe and Berkin provide a compelling case that you’re playing the loser’s game of active management. Alpha, or outperformance against appropriate risk-adjusted benchmarks, is shrinking as it gets converted into beta, or factor exposures. They demonstrate that even for the most talented managers, their ability to add value is waning because: the amount of alpha available is declining; it must be split among an increasing amount of investment dollars; and the competition is getting tougher.

In this greatly expanded second edition, Swedroe and Berkin show you how to develop an investment plan that focuses on what risks to take, and how much of them, as well as how to build a diversified portfolio. They present a list of vehicles to consider when implementing your plan and provide guidance on the care and maintenance of your portfolio. As a bonus they add appendices that will make you a more informed and, therefore, better investor.

This makes The Incredible Shrinking Alpha a complete guide to successful investment strategy.

About the author

Andrew Berkin, Ph.D., is head of research and oversees the development and implementation of Bridgeway's statistically driven, evidence-based efforts. Andrew joined Bridgeway in 2013. Prior to joining Bridgeway, Andrew was co-chief investment officer and director of research for Vericimetry Advisors and director of the quantitative research group at First Quadrant. Andrew has published articles in peer reviewed journals and co-authored two books. He is a reviewer for and served on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science with honors in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of Texas.

About the author

Larry E. Swedroe is the chief research officer for Buckingham Strategic Wealth and Buckingham Strategic Partners. Larry holds an MBA in finance and investments from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College. Larry was among the first authors to publish a book that explained the science of investing in layman’s terms, The Only Guide to a Winning Investment Strategy You’ll Ever Need. He has since authored nine more books and co-authored seven books on investing and financial planning. His books have been published in seven languages. Larry is a prolific writer and contributes regularly to EvidenceInvestor.com, AdvisorPerspectives.com, and AlphaArchitect.com.

Published: 25/08/2020
Pages: 220
Formats: paperback - ISBN 9780857198242
ebook - ISBN 9780857198259
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