David Swensen, investment manager of the Yale University Endowment Fund, has addressed how investors should set up and manage their. David Swensen’s portfolio (from Unconventional Success). DavidSwensen. “ Individual investors should take control of their financial destinies. Bogleheads – How many folks have read the book Unconventional Success? If you did, what are your thoughts? Is the book still relevant since it.

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The alternative, usccess Mutual Fund Industry, is also flawed and Swensen attacks the industry throughout this book. That really helps clarify some AA issues. I recommend the individual investor read the first half of the book, glean some asset allocation advice from a superior endowment manager, and leave the second-half for the birds.

David Swensen’s portfolio (from Unconventional Success) |

Is the book still relevant since it was published in ? In this case the bear market of the early s benefits all the Portfolios. Swensen lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

I consider myself succees semi-passive investor; I am no longer select stocks, but I will change how I weight asset classes based on my analysis.

Written by David Swensen, Yale’s Chief Investment Officer, it is an accessible and clearly written book for the novice investor who seeks succesz understand how to apply Swensen’s experience running Yale’s hugely successful endowment program to their own portfolios.

Bogleheads on Investing Podcast. Price may vary by retailer. This book addresses the question, how should the average person invest for retirement. Fortunately this is not a hot-stock-tips book though on a hunch, before writing this review, I surveyed the opinion on Amazon, and found that unconvdntional is indeed what many went in search of, and were appropriately disappointed but rather But if you want a deeper understanding of the investment industry, I would recommend this book.


So, there is a bit of an apparent contradiction of premises among a few of the arguments presented. Unconventional Success does for the individual investor what Swensen’s Pioneering Portfolio Unconvehtional did for the institutional investor.

The past performance of Ferri’s and Swensen’s portfolios are very similar. Jun 30, Jon rated it really liked it. First, he points out that most employees now have defined contribution rather than defined benefit plans, and that this means that their retirement is less well unconventiona and gets worse returns.

Seems like there are some good ideas in here, but there are also some sentences like this davif It’s not enough to beat mar This is an incredibly interesting book written in an incredibly dry style.

Unfortunately, he does not directly address how to get from a position of owning 20 stocks with low basis value to a unconventionxl diversified portfolio. Jun 26, Song rated it it was ok.

This book should lead the reader to better investment decisions. Thus, it would seem that the smaller the fund size, the more concentrated bets the manager would be able to make, and thus the likelihood of below average returns would increase.

If you did, what are your thoughts? Last edited by Ice-9 on Mon Unconvejtional 29, 3: Because asset classes tend to revert to the mean, it is best to have a systematic rebalancing plan in place to avoid this indirect form of market timing. A Fundamental Approach to Personal Sqensen. He explores taxes on mutual funds and how when someone else sells their portion of the fund, it creates tax liabilities for all the fund owners.

Talks about how individuals should not invest their money. Market Timing is hard. Am working to get through this dense book that has what some people say is a good and swesen importantly for me, hands off investment strategy.


Sucfess I don’t think there’s swenssn at all wrong with the Swensen portfolio for individual investors as long as its implemented in a low cost way, and they stick to it. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. He spoke ill of them a number of times earlier in the book, but it is here that he carefully dissects their defects.


One might reasonably assume that unconvwntional would apply only to actively managed funds and not to index funds for obvious reasons. The portfolio posited in this book backtests really well and is theoretically sound backed by the few hundred pages in this book. As with the previous articles, this article is intended to start a conversation.

Treasuries This is close enough while cutting the equity portion to 1 fund from 2 or 3.

One has to have at least moderate level of knowledge about economics and investing to fully grasp the true telling of the book. Using an equity succeas and the rule of diversification — that no asset class should comprise more than 30 percent of the portfolio — Swensen davdi a generic sccess including 30 percent domestic equity, 15 percent foreign developed equity, 5 percent emerging market equity, 20 percent real estate, and 15 percent each of U. The second half quickly descended into a rant against the mutual fund industry.

The other thing I found interesting is that Swensen leaves mutual funds with a value tilt out of his core asset classes, but he never discusses why or even mentions value funds. For me, or someone like me, the Swensen portfolio may provide a good starting point. In Unconventional Successinvestment legend David F.