Legendary investor Benjamin Graham once said that "The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns." Indeed, in a recovering economy, ripe with volatility across a multitude of asset classes, these words may have never been more relevant. The wisdom echoed in that sentiment reminds all investors, that while the potential upside of an investment is enticing, the strategy employed to protect against downside risk is, perhaps, even more valuable. Today, the phrase utilized most often to echo this timeless insight is "asymmetrical trade". An asymmetrical trade, defined by Benjamin Graham decades before the term became a frequently cited investor idiom, represents the likelihood of profits and value weighed to a substantial degree, with...
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