Chapter 2. Putting Together a Winning Portfolio

More often than not, the typical investor’s portfolio has been gradually assembled over diverse market climates, with the help of diverse stockbrokers and an advisor, influenced by diverse fads and fashions, and possibly is cluttered with diverse losing investments. (“It’s not a loss if I don’t take it.”) Sometimes such portfolios include long-standing favorites that have had their best days.

Some investors, often specialists regarding industries in which they work and/or about which they are knowledgeable, do assemble productive stock portfolios, based on their familiarity with the fundamentals of certain industries. However, many such portfolios, insufficiently diversified, sometimes meet with trouble ...

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