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The Proof Is Clear for This Investment Approach

We’ve devoted considerable time to explaining evidence-based investing (EBI) because we have conviction that this approach helps provide our clients the greatest odds of achieving their ideal futures.

Thank you for joining us on this journey that started with the publication of our whitepaper, “Evidence-Based Investing: A Scientific Framework for the Art of Investing.”

Our blogs and videos examine the highlights of that whitepaper – explaining what evidence-based investing is from the 1,000-foot view and delving into each important step of challenging conventional wisdom, asking meaningful questions, and how to apply the evidence and monitor for effectiveness.

Evidence is literally the name of the game here, and in this final blog of the series, we’ll offer a summary of our analysis and how evidence-based investing will continue to evolve.

In Summary

At the center of the EBI approach is the success of you, the investor. The evidence-based strategy we use for investing applies similar principles as those practiced in the field of medicine.

Our whitepaper contains many supporting statements, case studies, and data to bolster our methods while also identifying what doesn’t work. Those less successful strategies include:

  • Market timing
  • Active stock-picking
  • Persistence of past performance

Consider another important question related to the power of diversification (a common theme throughout this EBI journey).

Question: Can broadly diversified portfolios improve long-term returns and reduce risk?

Answer: From our standpoint, a broadly diversified portfolio is a better mousetrap for long-term investors than conventional approaches. Depending on individual goals and risk tolerance, this approach can result in various mixes of stocks, bonds, and alternative asset classes. A portfolio that seeks diversification both across and within asset classes has the potential to be more resilient across a variety of market environments.

Evidence: The evidence we show supports the success and strengths of a systematic, rules-based approach to investment management. The hypothetical illustration below highlights the difference in growth of wealth between a Simple 70/30 Index Portfolio and a Broadly Diversified 70/30 Index Portfolio over a nearly 50-year period.

A Small Difference In Returns Can Make a Big Difference in Wealth Growth of $10,000 1973-2019

Relationships and Results

At the heart of any successful investment strategy is the relationship between client and advisor. This is no less true with evidence-based investing, which continues to evolve.

Here’s a quick refresher on our four key diversification strategies:

  • Enhance bond diversification.
  • Harness global stock opportunities.
  • Tilt towards compensated factors.
  • Alleviate risks through select alternative investments.

Armed with evidence and logic, we believe investors can be confident that EBI will work for them for many years to come.

For more information, download our EBI whitepaper or consult with your financial advisor.

Philip R. Huber Philip R. Huber Chief Investment Officer

Phil has been involved in the financial services industry since 2007. He is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and is regularly featured in notable media outlets. In 2018 and 2019 Phil was named one of Investopedia’s Top Financial Advisors.

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