Five Ways to Safeguard a Portfolio During a Downturn

Five Ways to Safeguard a Portfolio During a Downturn

November 17, 2019

While this article was written pre-pandemic, the tenets are even more of interest during 2020's turbulent markets. We are proud to be one of the funds mentioned herein. 

Long-term investing is our conviction, yet we are always attentive to appropriate opportunities to add to or trim our holdings if necessary. In this article, the author discusses these ideas:

  1. Move up, not out - instead of slashing holdings, the suggestion is to replace them with others that are potentially more resilient.
  2. Check the price tag - monitoring the P/E ratio of holdings in portfolios to ensure they are in line with their peers
  3. Weed the garden - consider trimming holdings that have grown rapidly to monitor exposure in any one sector
  4. Divesify the defense - be careful of following the crowd into "defensive stocks," which as a result of a big flight of investors may make them overvalued. Consider paying an active manager for their expertise. 

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The statements and opinions are those of the author as of the date of this report. All information is historical and not indicative of future results and subject to change.

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P/E ratio, price-to-earnings ratio is the ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its per-share earnings (EPS). The price-to-earnings ratio is also sometimes known as the price multiple or the earnings multiple.

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It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses.

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