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Asset Allocation, 4th Ed Hardcover – December 20, 2007

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About the Author

Roger C. Gibson, CFA, CFP, is Chief Investment Officer of Gibson Capital Management, Ltd. (www.gibsoncapital.com), which advises high net worth individuals and institutional clients nationwide. An internationally recognized expert in asset allocation and investment portfolio design, Gibson speaks at conferences for financial professionals around the world and is quoted frequently in national media. He lives with his wife and business partner, Brenda, in a pre-Civil War farmhouse north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 4 edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071478094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Odenheim on June 26, 2008
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Asset Allocation is a well written informative book. It explains the theory behind allocation strategies and the math and examples are comprehensible for readers, such as myself, without a formal finance background. The book stops short of recommending specific allocation plans for the reader, but it certainly gives the raw tools for the reader to make more intelligent choices about proper diversification methods.
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Why is a long-term, successful portfolio constructed the way it is? Read this classic for the answers. After our recent market melt-down and the subsequent rebounding trend, re-read it! Whether you are in the business or a serious investor that wants to be in the know; this is the book for you. Even though I've been through a CFP(r) prep program and have passed the CFP(r) Certification Exam, I don't profess to know it all - especially not in-depth in certain areas. This is a book that I'll revisit over the years. Mr. Gibson is an acknowledged expert in the field and I learned much from this up-to-date edition.
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Many popular investment books give advice on asset allocation, perhaps THE key aspect of successful investing. While most of that advice seems reasonable, the books do not all agree with each other. This is understandable because authors make different assumptions about the typical investor's situation, or perhaps address a few different representative investor situations.

If you know about asset allocation, asset classes, diversification, indexing, correlation, market capitalization, and other related investment concepts, Gibson's book may surprise you with how much more there is to know, and I don't simply mean more facts or the latest trends, but instead more and deeper understanding of the basic concepts. It will make good reference material to help you evaluate any advice you get elsewhere.

Gibson's book goes pretty deep into the theoretical, mathematical, and historical underpinnings of all the concepts that are more lightly covered (or skipped) in most popular investment books. It gives you the skill to establish an appropriate asset allocation instead of laying out a few for you to pick from.

The book seems to be mostly aimed at financial advisers to give them the means to educate their clients so the clients can understand the advisers' advice -- and to help the advisers give good advice! I think Gibson does an excellent job of presenting this difficult material in an organized and understandable way. After all, he is trying to teach the teachers! Even so, it requires careful study to get through since the subject matter is non-trivial.

I am somewhat surprised at how few reviews there are for this book. Perhaps this is because it is written for professionals rather than the general public. But you do want to be your own investment adviser, right?
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Great primer for issues in asset allocation that I would recommend as a starting point for any practitioner interested in deeper work in the field. Great easy to understand scenarios that spur further ideas and questions.
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This book has a very good take on the basics of good asset allocation, managing client expectations, and utilizing an IPS in your practice.
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Wonderful!
This book will make me rich.
Indexing is not the complete solution. Asset allocation is necessary. And avoid fees.
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