Should you hold individual bonds and “do it yourself” or a diversified bond fund/ETF? One commonly held belief in investing is that holding individual bonds entails less risk than bond funds, due to the return of principal at maturity. Is this correct? If so, does it matter? Ultimately, it depends on the role bonds play
BetaShares recently expanded its product range to include our first fixed income/bond fund, the BetaShares Australian Bank Senior Floating Rate Bond ETF (ASX Code: QPON). Due to the level of interest we have had in this fund so far, I thought it would be timely to write a short series on the basics of Bonds.
At a conceptual level, diversification is all about spreading risk and not putting all our eggs in one basket. Quantitatively, as I’ve previously explained, one of the main benefits of diversification is lowering the volatility for a given level of expected return. However, another way of looking at it is that diversification also allows us
Last year I addressed the concept of portfolio diversification and how we can assess it quantitatively through the use of return correlations. Just to recap: Correlation refers to the strength of the co-movement between two assets or portfolios (ranging from -1.0 or perfect negative correlation to +1.0 or perfect positive correlation) Diversification benefits – where
We all know the equity market has its ups and downs. Bullish runs are often interrupted by sharp corrections or extended bearish periods, even amid little change in fundamentals. With so much ‘noise’, how should investors be thinking about their equity investments? I studied the historical data to try to get some answers about longer
As investors, we’ve often heard about the ‘benefits of diversification’ for investment portfolios and frequently been told ‘not to put all our eggs into one basket’, but have we really thought about what these ideas mean? In this short post, I’ll try to shed some light on this.