Diversification according to Investopedia and the Bible

By Randell Tiongson on September 19th, 2009

You will often hear the word “diversification” when you discuss about investmetns. Diversification is important, in fact it is still considered one of the most effective risk managment tool, minimizing investment losses.

What does Investopedia say about diversification? (a favorite on-line site for invesmtment stuff)

“A risk management technique that mixes a wide variety of investments within a portfolio. The rationale behind this technique contends that a portfolio of different kinds of investments will, on average, yield higher returns and pose a lower risk than any individual investment found within the portfolio.

Diversification strives to smooth out unsystematic risk events in a portfolio so that the positive performance of some investments will neutralize the negative performance of others. Therefore, the benefits of diversification will hold only if the securities in the portfolio are not perfectly correlated.”

What does the Bible say about diversification?

“But divide your investments among many places,
for you do not know what risks might lie ahead.”

— Ecclesiastes 11:2. New Living Translation.

Both definitions are essentially the same but I like the one from the Bible better — I understand it better and I am sure it is the truth.

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Diversification according to Investopedia and the Bible