The Standard & Poor's Guide to the Perfect Portfolio: 5 Steps to Allocate Your Assets and Ensure a Lifetime of Wealth

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Many people devote their time to choosing “the right” stocks. Yet they bypass an important step that will have an even greater impact on their portfolio’s performance: asset allocation. The Standard & Poor’s Guide to the Perfect Portfolio is the definitive road map to diversifying your financial holdings in order to get the highest returns with the lowest risk and ensure a secure financial future.

You can beat 90% of money managers with a properly balanced portfolio of mixed investment classes. Investment expert and columnist Michael Kaye presents a clear and reliable approach to asset allocation. He helps investors at every level to better understand all the major investment products available and how to best use them to achieve investor’s specific goals.

Kaye shows you five essential steps to allocate your assets:

  • Identify your goals and objectives
  • Choose the right asset classes for your portfolio
  • Determine how much of your assets belong in each class
  • Pick your investment products
  • Monitor your portfolio and make adjustments as needed

The Standard & Poor’s Guide to the Perfect Portfolio is packed with examples of portfolio mixes that illustrate many ways to balance your assets based on different risk profiles and investment goals. A range of relevant, reliable advice shows you how to successfully consider such factors as where you are in your career, what your financial needs are, and your personal tolerance to risk.

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The insider’s guide to managing your portfolio investing from the world leader in financial information The Standard & Poor’s Guide to the Perfect Portfolio shows you how to make your money work for you with an easy-to understand system of asset allocation based on your investment goals and risk tolerance. Expert portfolio strategist Michael Kaye takes you through his five-step asset allocation plan and helps you identify:

  • Your goals and objectives
  • The best asset classes for your portfolio
  • How much of your portfolio belongs in each class
  • Which investment products will achieve your financial ambitions
  • Ways to monitor and grow your portfolio

The Standard & Poor’s Guide to the Perfect Portfolio takes into account your stage in life, your financial needs, and your risk tolerance now and in the future. To help you customize your portfolio, it explains every major investment product used for asset allocation, from bonds to real estate, and provides a variety of model portfolios that illustrate how different mixes of investments work best in different financial circumstances.

About the Author:

Michael Kaye, CFA, is a portfolio officer in the Portfolio Advisers Group at Standard & Poor's. He is also a columnist for BusinessWeek online. During his career, he’s held positions at Citibank and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and he’s currently a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

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