Why Concentrate, and Not Merely Diversify

Volt Equity believes diversification should be used strategically. Sufficient concentration is vital to capture potential upside while diversification is intelligently employed to guard the downside.

We’ve all heard the saying:

‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’.

But is diversification essential in all circumstances?

The Russell 3000,

which captures the top 3000 US companies by market capitalization, has had a 6.56% total return since inception:

And the vast majority of those returns were from a small handful of extreme winners:

If ⅔ of your holdings are companies with negative returns, how different would your portfolio look if you had concentrated on the ⅓ of companies with positive returns?

Diversification can help preserve wealth, but concentration can help build it.

Volt Equity believes diversification should be used strategically. It’s important to have sufficient concentration for potential upside, but to diversify on the downside.

Like Warren Buffet once said:

“Keep all your eggs in one basket, but watch that basket closely.”

-Warren Buffet

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