Back to the Future: Conventional Investing in a Complex World

32 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2011

Date Written: January 1, 2010


In the wake of market volatility, many investors may feel a desire to change their approach and be more "nimble" or "opportunistic" in their pursuit of investment goals. In this paper, Robert Maynard, Chief Investment Officer for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho and Brandes Institute Advisory Board member, cautions investors who are thinking about abandoning traditional investment plans. He advocates policies that are simple, transparent, and focused rather than adopting increasingly popular "alternative" tactics such as illiquid instruments and vehicles, leverage, and complex, opaque investment strategies.

Keywords: Brandes, Brandes Institute, value investing, institutional investors, investment strategy

JEL Classification: G10, G11, G14

Suggested Citation

Maynard, Robert, Back to the Future: Conventional Investing in a Complex World (January 1, 2010). Brandes Institute Research Paper No. 01, 2010. Available at SSRN: or

Robert Maynard (Contact Author)

Brandes Institute

11988 El Camino Real, Suite 500
P.O. Box 919048
San Diego, CA 92191-9048
United States

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