In last month's blog post, "The Full-Meal Deal of Diversification," we described how effective diversification means more than just holding a large number of accounts or securities. It means having efficient, low-cost exposure to a variety of capital markets around the globe. Today, we'll expand on the benefits of diversification, beginning with its ability to help you better manage investment risks.
Most of us learn about risk even before we have the words to describe it. Our lessons start when we, say, tumble into the coffee table, or reach for that pretty cat's tail. Investment risks, alas, are a little more complex. They come in two broadly different varieties: avoidable, concentrated risks and unavoidable market risks.