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How to determine a perfect asset allocation?

Nov 29, 2013

Here is today's recommended reading list from Equitymaster...

The two key investment metrics you must know as an investor
While PE is a very common tool investors consider in making investment decisions, smart investors focus on the operating cash flows and operating income to avoid being influenced by the potential manipulations that managements resort to in order to inflate the earnings. Usually the operating cash flows and operating earnings move in the same direction and any divergence may suggest accounting problems. However, in some cases, there may be valid reasons for the divergence between the two metrics. Read on to know more... (GuruFocus)

Are markets riskier now than at any time since the 2008 crisis?
There were many ominous signs that gave an indication of the crisis that was to follow way back in 2008. These signs included excess liquidity, disregard towards risk, lack of interest in traditional investments among others. It has been five years since the crisis and a lot of these signs are still visible. Does that mean that the risk in global markets is much more today than it was in 2008 and that another crisis is around the corner? Read on to find more. (Zero Hedge)

How to determine a perfect asset allocation?
Most investors often wonder what is the best asset allocation model to follow and always long for a custom-fit portfolio allocation. While there may not be single answer to a perfect asset allocation, the author in the article has very succinctly developed an investment pyramid based on Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The pyramid which is broken into three groups: Core Investments, Security, and Speculation; gives you a few guidelines and helps you determine how well your portfolio is allocated. Read on to find out more... (Seeking Alpha)

How to identify companies with strong corporate governance?
With corruption issues erupting time and again, corporate governance has assumed greater importance these days. In fact, markets even assign a premium to companies that have strong governance practices. Better governance ensures that interests of minority shareholders are not sacrificed. But how does one identify such companies? Here is an article that enlists seven characteristics which are a sign of good corporate governance. Read on to find out more. (Hearst Communications)

No signs of bubble yet for Greenspan
This particular gentleman failed to foresee one of the biggest bubbles in the history of the US economy; despite presiding over the US Federal Reserve for nearly two decades. It comes as no surprise to us that Mr Greenspan has once again opined that the record highs in US stock markets show no signs of bubble. What makes Mr.Greenspan optimistic about US stock markets? Read on to find out. (Money News)

Richa Agarwal

Richa Agarwal (Research Analyst), Managing Editor, Hidden Treasure has over 7 years of experience as an equity research analyst. She routinely scours the small cap universe for fundamentally strong companies trading at attractive prices. Having degrees in both finance as well as engineering has served her well in analysing business models across the small cap space.

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