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The Diversification Trap: How Over-Diversification is Killing Your Returns

Diversification has long been touted as the cornerstone of prudent investing, with the mantra "don't put all your eggs in one basket" echoing through the halls of wealth management firms. While diversification can indeed help mitigate risk, the overuse of this strategy in  investor portfolios can lead to lower performance. In this video, we will explore the negative aspects of diversification and provide recommendations for investors to strike a better balance.

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The proliferation of mutual funds and ETFs has made it easier than ever for  investors to diversify their portfolios. However, this ease of access has also led to a common pitfall: over-diversification. Many  investor portfolios now contain dozens of mutual funds and ETFs, each with dozens or hundreds of positions. While this may seem like a sound strategy for managing risk, it can hinder investment performance.

One major issue with over-diversification is the duplication of holdings across asset classes and asset allocations. When a portfolio contains multiple funds that invest in the same or similar securities, the intended diversification benefits are diminished. This duplication can lead to a portfolio that is less efficient and more difficult to manage effectively.

To mitigate the negative effects of over-diversification,  investors should consider the following recommendations:

1. Focus on quality over quantity: Instead of investing in dozens of funds, concentrate on a smaller number of high-quality investments that align with your investment objectives and risk tolerance.

2. Embrace a core-satellite approach: Consider building a portfolio with a core of broadly diversified  funds, complemented by a satellite of more concentrated, actively managed investments. 

3. Consider alternative diversification strategies: Explore diversification across factors, such as value, momentum, and quality, rather than solely focusing on traditional asset class diversification.

While diversification remains an important tool for managing investment risk,  investors must be cautious not to fall into the trap of over-diversification. By focusing on quality, conducting embracing a core-satellite approach and considering alternative diversification strategies, investors can build more efficient and effective portfolios that are better positioned to achieve their long-term financial goals.

The information contained in this Higgins Capital communication is provided for information purposes and is not a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities or related financial instruments in any jurisdiction. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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