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

Find out how your practice would fare in the next down market

By, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Director of Product Development

From a risk manager’s perspective, a bank is a derivative on interest rates. Similarly, RIA practices can be viewed as a derivative on stock and bond markets. Here’s a quick way to estimate the sensitivity of your practice to markets.

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Ron Piccinini, PhD, RIA, Market Volatility

Live webcast: with the creators of SmartRisk

Advisors, you’ve come to the right place. Join Joe Elsasser, CFP® and Ron Piccinini, PhD, live on November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Central, as they answer your questions about SmartRisk.

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Posted in SmartRisk, Webcast, Joe Elsasser, Ron Piccinini, PhD

Why financial advisors never really used beta, and why they are right

By Ron Piccinini, PhDDirector of Product Development

How can you tell if someone went to Harvard? They will tell you within five minutes of meeting them, as the popular joke goes. Similarly, ask any freshly-minted finance MBA or CFA candidate about portfolio construction, and chances are high that you will hear about ‘beta’ in pretty short order. As most advisors know, beta is the key statistic in Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT), and has something to do with the volatility of a stock or asset

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Posted in Risk, SmartRisk, Beta, Ron Piccinini, PhD, Downside Risk