Modern Portfolio Theory
In 1990, the Nobel Prize for Economics was awarded to three noted financial economists for their work in developing Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) as a portfolio management technique. According to MPT, investors are inherently risk averse – not willing to accept risk unless the potential returns generated sufficiently make up for taking these risks. In addition, MPT shifts the focus away from individual security analysis toward the efficient allocation of capital across specific asset classes. At Gemmer, we use these concepts to help our advisors design their client portfolios and manage their accounts.