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Financial Advice and Investment Decisions

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Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii About the Authors CHAPTER 1 Why Do We Need Better Financial Advice? 1 The Individual 2 Organizational Influences 4 The Rest of the Story 10 CHAPTER 2 The Evidence Is Compelling 13 Financial Planning 13 Your Most Important Investment Decision 14 Option Payoffs are Not Simple 18 After-Tax Payoffs are Not Simple 20 Our Primitive Brains and Monkey See, Monkey Do 21 Others? Agendas and the Perils of the Ivory Tower 22 CHAPTER 3 The Extended Balance Sheet Approach to Financial Planning 25 The Simplest Model 25 The Stochastic Dynamic Programming Alternative 29 The Mental Accounting Alternative 30 The Extended Balance Sheet 31 A Financial Planning System 37 CHAPTER 4 Properties of Mostly Efficient Markets 43 Multi-Agent Emergent Behavior 44 Why Security Returns are Difficult to Predict 46 Markets Bubble and Crash 48 Investment Implications of Market Characteristics 57 CHAPTER 5 Growing Discretionary Wealth 59 The Discretionary Wealth Approach 59 Elements of the Approach 60 Appropriate Markowitz Risk Aversion 73 CHAPTER 6 Coping with Uncertain Knowledge 79 Interpretation of Probability 80 Bayesian Probability Fundamentals 81 Resisting Forecasting Overconfidence 87 Making Estimates More Robust to Extreme Observations 95 Taking Context into Account 99 Making Better Use of Information in Decisions 102 CHAPTER 7 Controlling Investing Behavioral Biases 105 Facing Up to Complexity 106 Promoting Independent Thinking 115 Controlling Organizational Biases 117 CHAPTER 8 Tax Efficient Investing 121 Context 121 Taxes that Affect Investment Returns 123 General Principles of After-Tax Investing 131 Measurement of After-Tax Performance and Benchmarks 140 CHAPTER 9 Matching Investment Vehicles to Needs 143 Revisiting Risk Aversion 144 Taxes Again 146 Diversification 148 Higher Moments 150 Implementation 155 CHAPTER 10 Active vs. Passive Strategies 167 Pricing Efficiency and the Active?Passive Debate 169 CHAPTER 11 Performance Measurement 185 Relating Measurement to Purpose 185 Spending Control 187 Measurement for Individual Passive Investing 190 Performance Reporting for Active Investors 197 Delegating Your Investments Based on Measurements 208 Measuring vs. Evaluating Performance 213 CHAPTER 12 Organizational Investing 217 Representative Investing Organizations 217 Delegating Superior Investing Results 232 Motivating Organizational Benefits 241 CHAPTER 13 Financial Advice and Society 243 Social Ideals and Financial Problem Symptoms 245 Redesigning Society with Better Financial Advice 248 And in Conclusion? 274 APPENDIX A Traditional Asset Classes and Alternative Assets 275 Asset Class Defined 275 Common Stock Asset Classes 276 Real Estate 278 Alternative Assets 280 APPENDIX B Bond Features, Yield Measures, and Risks 287 Features of Bonds 287 Yield Measures and their Limitations 289 Call and Prepayment Risk 296 Credit Risk 297 APPENDIX C Probability Distributions Commonly Used in Investment Management 301 Normal Distribution 301 Student?s t-Distribution 303 Stable Distributions and Stable Paretian Distributions 303 APPENDIX D Useful Financial Planning Formulas 305 Working with Present Values 305 Determining the Required Savings-to-Income Ratio 305 Taking Initial Investments and Needed Retirement Income Reduction into Account 306 Investment Return Mean and Variance 307 Deriving an Estimate of Discretionary Wealth Growth Rate 307 Estimating Appropriate Expected Return for Compounding 308 References 311 Index 321

About the Author

Jarrod W. Wilcox, PhD , is President of Wilcox Investment, and investment and financial planning services company emphasizing financial planning and effective risk management to promote sustainable growth, preservation of capital, and income. Wilcox Investment is an SEC-registered investment advisor. Jarrod is a former member of the faculty at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Frank J. Fabozzi, PhD, CFA , is Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School and a member of the EDHEC-Risk Institute. Prior to joining EDHEC, he held various professional positions in finance at Yale University's School of Management from 1994 to 2011 and was a visiting professor of finance and accounting at MIT's Sloan School of Management from 1986 to 1992. He is also Editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management.

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