Financial Planning Blog

AdvisorEngine Learning Center

Get insights, strategies and research from the AdvisorEngine team to create a better client experience for your clients and drive growth for your firm.

Blog Feature

Financial Advisors  |  Investment Advisors  |  Wealth Management

How to Measure Investment Performance: The Art and Science Behind it

Back when I was a young investor, like most self-confident, burgeoning people, I felt I could choose my own stocks. Yes, yes, I know - you can’t expect old heads to rest on young shoulders, but nonetheless that’s my excuse. Like most stock pickers, I had a general record of mediocrity punctuated by occasional flashes of success, or more often, highly entertaining failure.   My very first pick has haunted me for years. Being a beginner and a small-fry, I didn’t have a whole lot to diversify as I only had a small amount to invest. So I sank in my entire fortune of $1,000 into a UK stock that was trading on the New York exchange. Overall the stock had a solid record and great prospects. I watched it daily, awaiting imminent riches.

Read More