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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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"The most useful recent book could be The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets, by money managers Mebane Faber and Eric Richardson, who work at Cambria Investment Management. They analyze how the endowments of Harvard and Yale posted such world-beating performance. Then they offer a simplified model that regular people can adopt."—BusinessWeek (April 9, 2009)
"Markets left investors almost no place to hide last year, with nearly every asset class heading south. Money manager Mebane Faber of Cambria Investment Management outperformed by a mile, however.....Faber is co-author of the The Ivy Portfolio, which details his approach. Following the investment tenets of the Harvard and Yale endowments (which until last year both had sterling performance) but without using their riskier alternative assets, he demonstrates how to outperform with lower volatility."—Barron’s (April 27, 2009)
"Does the Ivy Portfolio deserve a spot on Dad's bookshelf? With its graphics, tables and step-by-step guidance, the book is often more straightforward than a college financial aid form."—Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2009) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Over the past twenty years, the Yale University and Harvard University endowments have achieved unprecedented investment success. Since 1985, the Yale University endowment returned 16.62% per year, easily surpassing the S&P 500 Index's 11.98% return. The Harvard University endowment returned over 15% a year—and both endowments achieved these results with significantly less volatility than the S&P 500.
Despite the general success of the top endowments, 2008 proved difficult for many buy-and-hold investors as well as the endowments. Many asset classes finished the year with declines of 30% or more.
The Ivy Portfolio shows how individual investors can mimic the stellar long-term investment track records of these top endowments while avoiding bear markets like 2008.
The Ivy Portfolio begins by examining the theory, process, and discipline behind the success of the Yale University and Harvard University endowments. It demystifies the techniques that the ivory-tower academic practitioners use to manage their portfolios and shows step by step how an individual investor can hope to duplicate their returns using an innovative ETF-based investment strategy.
The Ivy Portfolio then demonstrates a simple tactical asset approach to dampen the impact of bear markets on long-term investment results. The model would have protected an investor from the carnage of 2008, all while eliminating the uncertainty and emotions of investing.
The Ivy Portfolio also showcases a method to piggyback the stock-picking abilities of top hedge funds, allowing investors to achieve greater success by following the valuation insights of the smart money.
The Ivy Portfolio will show investors exactly how all this can be accomplished—and allow them to achieve an unparalleled level of investment success in the process.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.