Every investor needs personal diversification. Smart Diversification fits your situation, goals, lowers risks and keeps the best income and growth holdings. Use smart diversification to keep risks as low as possible, while holding the best opportunities for income and growth. When managing your investments, managing diversification, is an important part of the process.
Smart investors use smart diversification. Used well, diversification reduces portfolio risk. Diversifying well to reduce risk requires knowing how to make diversification choices and selections. The best diversification choices reduce risk without sacrificing portfolio performance. Too much diversification can ensure a portfolio underperforms the market without providing greater risk reduction. This post begins the Smart Diversification series from the White Top View blog that outlines how smart investors use smart diversification.
Costs drive investor position sizes. Minimum positions for affordable costs keep costs per share low. Investors know minimum position sizes for affordable costs. This second sizing factor gets the transaction costs right. This effectively puts a financial barrier or threshold in place for owning an individual share position.
Investing academics and holding counts in multiple studies conclude 16 stocks are the ideal number, with 5% to 7% of a portfolio held in each position. The range is surprisingly narrow. Most suggest between 15 and 20 stocks as the best number. You and your top research assistant, Google, can find endless numbers of studies.
Considering how many stocks to hold ranges between 5 to 30 stocks with an exception. There are 5 Factors to consider: Number of holdings, Size of positions, Diversification, Risk and Psychology. This post is part 1 of the 6 part White Top View series, Introductory Portfolio Management – Counts and Sizes.