When clients ask: How do I stress-test my portfolio?

To help you talk risk with clients, Ron Piccinini, Ph.D., answers some common client questions here. Ron, Covisum’s director of product development, is an expert on quantitative risk modeling, heavy-tailed distributions and risk management.

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Posted in SmartRisk, portfolio risk, portfolio volatility, Ron Piccinini, PhD

Investors Chronicle article features Ron Piccinini, PhD

Investors Chronicle published an article, "Does fortune favour the bold?" by  on July 27, 2017.

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Downside Risk, Investors Chronicle

WATCH: Don't Be Fooled Into Believing a Portfolio is Diversified

SmartRisk was created for one overarching reason: risk software on the market is based on outdated math, and that math dramatically underestimates risk. Advisors should care about explaining risk to clients because helping them avoid the classic pitfalls that can destroy retirements builds a stronger, more trusting relationship. SmartRisk's massive computing power and sophisticated models properly measure portfolio risk. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP®, President of Covisum and see how SmartRisk can

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Drawdown analysis, Asset interaction, Free Trial, Demo, video

SmartRisk Tutorial  

Designed specifically for financial advisors, SmartRisk helps you set proper downside expectations with your clients. Join Marisa for a quick demonstration of the software. Learn more. 

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Software Programs, portfolio risk, Drawdown analysis, Asset interaction, video

Portfolio risk: how much value is in the tails?

Investors know that time in the market is their friend. Stay in the market for a long period of time, and good things will happen, even in times of high volatility.

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, portfolio risk

How do you explain asset interaction to clients?

Ultimately, our goal is to build client relationships and help clients achieve their financial goals. Listen to our experts explain asset interaction in this short video clip from, "The Advisor & The Quant." 

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Asset interaction, Diversification, portfolio volatility, Hedged, Focused, video

Making heads or tails of tails

By Ron Piccinini, Ph.D., Director of Product Development

An investment’s failure or success is impacted by the worst and best trading days — more than you might imagine. Understand the true value of “tails.”

Investors know that time in the market is their friend. Stay in the market for a long period of time, and good things will happen, even in times of high volatility. A supporting statistic is often presented: if you miss the best days, your overall return will be dramatically lower.

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Client reports, portfolio risk

How do you know a portfolio is diversified?

By Ron Piccinini, PhD

This is inspired by a true story. 

There was this fellow named Edmund. Edmund's high-priced education had taught him the virtues of diversification. His job as a banker paid him a nice sum of cash every month, plus bonus; he had bought a house, and his retirement account was comprised of a diversified mix of domestic and international stocks. On his office wall was hanging this quote from the Merchant of Venice: "My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, nor to one

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Posted in SmartRisk, portfolio risk, Asset interaction, Expected Tail Loss, Diversification, portfolio volatility, asset interaction index

New white paper examines how advances in risk analytics are changing the client-advisor discussion

Posted on July 19, 2017

Covisum’s new white paper explains the dangers of relying on traditional models of explaining and estimating portfolio risk, and how risk analytics have evolved, giving you amazing new opportunities to help clients more.

You've seen it happen: losses accumulate in a portfolio, and the client ponders doing something unwise. Whether they're the most risk-averse client or extremely laissez-faire, they're vulnerable to emotional reactions. When they're paying you to help them make smart

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Posted in Free Download, Risk, SmartRisk, White Paper, portfolio risk

On-demand webcast: how to talk risk with clients

Posted on June 21, 2017

The advisor and the quant

What do clients need to know about risk? Is a portfolio too risky? When and how should you rebalance?

In this on-demand webcast, advisor Joe Elsasser, CFP®, and quant Ron Piccinini, Ph.D., shed light on portfolio risk topics that are important for building trust with your clients. Effectively estimating and communicating a client's risk can help them avoid behavioral mistakes, significantly impacting their bottom line. 

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Webinar, portfolio risk, Webcast, On-Demand Webcast, video