The Investment Strategist was initially started to guide DIY investors on Seeking Alpha to take a more strategic approach to investing than purely individual stock selection. The philosophy is that portfolio management is similar to cooking a gourmet meal, where the combination of ingredients, in their respective proportions, is better than an abundance of any one ingredient (or stock). After years of evaluating portfolios, it was evident that many investors put together a smorgasbord of ideas without regard to how they fit together or move together, creating very inefficient and risky portfolios. In addition, most US investors are guilty of familiarity bias, and their portfolios are primarily invested in well-known stocks of US companies, while international equities and more obscure asset classes, like emerging market debt, remain absent from portfolios. While the Investment Strategist does provide individual stock ideas to cater to the Seeking Alpha reader, we try to put the ideas into context so that readers can invest using a broader perspective on how an individual stock fits into their portfolio.