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Bowman's ARROW Blog

Foundation Block #3 How does (or could) one Reduce the Risk in their Portfolio?

How does (or could) one Reduce the Risk in their Portfolio? One of the first things to define in risk assessment is, “What do YOU consider Risky?” For my purposes, I’m going to refer to the broadest of classes: Stocks, Bonds and Cash. Next, to measure risk, we use standard deviation, which measures the dispersion of data from its expected value. [The standard deviation is used in making an investment decision to measure the amount of historical volatility, or risk, associated with an investment relative to its annual rate of return.] Long story short, the higher the standard deviation, the more volatile the investment…which means more risk.

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Foundation Block #2: Baby Boomer - by Sector

The following is our starting three-step process when considering Sectors…and how we apply them to our specific investment portfolios. Step 1) Let’s examine the demographics of our society…i.e. who has the greatest need of their savings and investment portfolios? We believe that it is the group closest to retirement and may leave the workforce. In the current case, the ones facing imminent retirement are the Baby Boomers, followed by Gen X and Gen Y, with the Millennial's as the newest group in the workforce.

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