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The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets Paperback – April 5, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"We all know that the most impressive investment returns are from endowment funds and, in particular, Yale and Harvard. Faber and Richardson take us inside these two funds and show us how to replicate that model for our portfolios. The Ivy Portfolio is an easy to read and understand book that will make the process of asset allocation and investment easier for readers. And in light of the recent market turmoil, its lessons are even more important."
—John Mauldin, author of the bestselling Bull's Eye Investing and the weekly newsletter Thoughts from the Frontline
"Meb Faber makes a most compelling case for quantitative active asset allocation. Investors of all levels of sophistication will benefit handsomely from the insights and analyses presented in The Ivy Portfolio."
—Rob Arnott, Chairman, and Jason Hsu, Chief Investment Officer, Research Affiliates, LLC; coauthors of The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest
"Analysis of institutional holdings (13F analysis) is one of the most useful yet underused tools in an investor's research arsenal. Along with taking readers into the arcane world of endowment investing, The Ivy Portfolio provides actionable advice on how to trade alongside the top investment professionals of our time."
—Justin Walters, cofounder, Bespoke Investment Group LLC
A do-it-yourself guide to investing like the renowned Harvard and Yale endowments
The Ivy Portfolio shows step by step how to track and mimic the investment strategies of the highly successful Harvard and Yale endowments. Using the endowment Policy Portfolios as a guide, the authors illustrate how an investor can develop a strategic asset allocation using an ETF-based investment approach. With all of the uncertainty in the markets today, The Ivy Portfolio helps the reader answer the most often asked question in investing today—"What do I do?"
"[Faber and Richardson] analyze how the endowments of Harvard and Yale posted such world-beating performance. Then they offer a simplified model that regular people can adopt."
About the Author
Mebane T. Faber, CAIA, CMT, is the Portfolio Manager at Cambria Investment Management where he manages equity and global tactical asset allocation portfolios and the Cambria Global Tactical ETF (GTAA). He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and authors the World Beta blog.
Eric W. Richardson, JD, is the founder and CEO of Cambria Investment Management. He serves as the co-manager of the global tactical asset allocation portfolios and the Cambria Global Tactical ETF (GTAA).
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Meb is a prolific presence on the internet and is commendably very transparent. He publishes his own personal investment strategy and has also launched 6 other ETFs: http://www.cambriafunds.com/. Their results have been similarly poor.
I would be very cautious in implementing his advice. He reiterates often that his methods capture most of the upside while limiting downside in any market. He certainly has missed the upside. GTAA flatlined while the market doubled. Perhaps he will be vindicated in the next downturn.
I gave 3 stars because it’s not the easiest read. Because it is data driven, it can be a slug to get thorough and stay engaged. The data however is solid and should be read by anyone managing their own portfolio.