Asset Allocation Techniques and Financial Market Timing

Asset Allocation Techniques and Financial Market Timing

Asset Allocation Techniques and Financial Market Timing

Asset Allocation Techniques and Financial Market Timing

Synopsis

A highly readable, logically presented, unique guide to asset allocation strategies and technical analysis, this work covers numerous investment alternatives including mutual funds and fixed income securities. Aby and Vaughn provide a comprehensive examination of point and figure charting and and vertical bar analysis, combined with an approach that both improves timing emphasizes the minimization of errors in data interpretation and investment decision making. The authors discuss ways to estimate price targets and provide unique forecasting methods for fixed-income and aggregate equity markets, using an intermarket perspective. This is an important and useful resource for professionals and other knowledgeable investors.

Excerpt

As we enter the last decade of the 20th century, indecision and turbulence prevail in the financial markets. Investors appear preoccupied with escalating political and economic instabilities. Meanwhile, attempts to identify major price swings dominate investment strategies. Perhaps more than ever before, individuals seem unable or unwilling to venture into investment decision making. Growing numbers of individuals depend on portfolio managers to obtain acceptable investment returns. If asset managers are to accommodate increasing client expectations for better performance, asset allocation, and timing, strategies in financial markets must play a larger role.

This book represents a collection of investment analyses and asset allocations for portfolio managers. The book provides a unique blend of pragmatic investment management concepts and real-world applications geared for financial managers and portfolio specialists. However, the approaches that will be discussed should also appeal to individual investors with diversified portfolios, because they are presented in a way that is both readable and easily understood. For the most part, academic jargon and mathematical emphasis have been minimized to both facilitate the readers' understanding and to avoid either mathematical or theoretical "overkill."

Chapters 1 and 2 provide an overview of financial assets, guidelines for evaluating the allocation of assets within the overall economic framework, and the impacts on financial decisions from cyclical swings in the economy. Chapter 3 focuses on the fundamental analysis of individual stocks, and Chapter 4 introduces technical analysis of equity issues through the medium of vertical bar charts.

Chapter 5 offers some seldom understood strategies involving the use of vertical . . .

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