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Advisor Profile Richard Bregman, MBA, CFA, founder and chief executive officer, MJB Asset Management Portfolio of Funds Bregman likes fund managers who display an independent streak. He has a value tilt but is neutral on market cap, geographic regions, sectors, and turnover. He uses Morningstar Principia to screen for managers with good relative performance, low expenses, and favorable risk-adjusted returns. “First and foremost for me is standard deviation, which I want to be below that of the S&P 500,” he says. “It’s the truest measure of actual volatility as opposed to beta.” His equity holdings include Third Avenue Value TAVFX, FPA Crescent FPACX, Longleaf Partners LLPFX, and Oakmark OAKMX. “Those managers value companies assuming there will be no earnings growth,” Bregman says. “They are only looking at what the company has now, and that’s what’s on the balance sheet.” A few growth funds make it into the mix, too, such as Jensen JENSX and Brandywine BRWIX. On the bond side, Bregman includes Loomis Sayles Bond LSBRX and FPA New Income FPNIX. The hedging strategy is implemented with investments in Highbridge Statistical Market Neutral HSKAX, TFS Market Neutral TFSMX, Leuthold Core Investment LCORX, Merger Fund, and Gabelli ABC. The Sensible Path How he caught our eye: Bregman’s evolving view of equity risk led him to hedge his clients’ portfolios ahead of the worst of the bear market. Career path: Attorney at various law firms (1981–1987); tax professional, Deloitte & Touche (1989–1991); vice president in private client group, Chase Manhattan Bank (1991–1997). Personal: Age, 52; married with one son, age 14. Hobbies include yoga, basketball, baseball, and drumming. Favorite funds: Third Avenue Value TAVFX, Merger Fund MERFX, Gabelli ABC GADVX, and FPA Crescent FPACX. his taste. The risk of owning them in great quantities far outweighed their potential return, he believed. So, he retreated further into alternative investments. At one point, his portfolios held just 20% in stocks and 20% in bonds and the remainder in hedging strategies. Last fall, he cut his exposure to fixed income entirely and added it to the alternatives. “I thought that the credit market was in disarray, and I didn’t want to be near it,” he says. Bregman was early in his moves, and it was a few months more before markets truly imploded. Even the hedges suffered more than he anticipated as arbitrage relationships broke down. Still in 2008, the average client portfolio was down 20% to 22%, much more than he would have wanted, but certainly better than the 38.5% drop in the S&P 500. By early 2009, though, Bregman became more positive on stocks as they sank to deeper lows. “I thought that for the risk inherent in the market, those were great prices,” he says. “I didn’t know if the prices were going to go up, though.” He hasn’t made any changes since then, and the portfolios are now about 40% in stocks, 40% in hedging strategies, and the rest in bonds. Bregman is slightly less bearish on bonds than he was a year ago, but he’s still not comfortable with how low rates are on short-term Treasury notes. He has a more favorable view of corporates and high-yield bonds. For the year through June 30, Bregman’s moderate portfolios were up 6% to 7%, well ahead of the S&P’s 3.2%. Bregman is the first to acknowledge that his investing-in-the-moment style might sound “Zen-like.” But in a world of uncertainty, he thinks that the most sensible path is the one immediately ahead of him. “I don’t believe that the past is necessarily prologue, and the future is unknown,” he says. “So all we are left with is the present.” K Ilana Polyak is a New York-based freelance writer. 16 Morningstar Advisor October/November 2009

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009

Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009
Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Letter from the Editor
Contributors
How Do You Use Behavioral Finance in Your Practice?
Investing in the Moment
Investment Briefs
How the Best Large-Cap Managers Rise Above the Rest
Don’t Give Up on Stocks Just Yet
Makeup of the Mind
A Top-Down Approach
In Practice: Patterns of Investor Irrationality
A Call for Nudges
The Furious Comeback of Emerging Markets
Junk-Bond Pioneer
Four Picks for the Present
Consumer Staples Hold Up in the Kitchen
Familiarity Can Breed Bad Investment Decisions
Leave the ‘Junk Rally’ Behind and Look for Quality at a Reasonable Price
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks
New at Morningstar
Meet the New Boss, Same (School) as the Old Boss
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Contents
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Letter from the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Contributors
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - How Do You Use Behavioral Finance in Your Practice?
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Investing in the Moment
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Investment Briefs
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - How the Best Large-Cap Managers Rise Above the Rest
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Don’t Give Up on Stocks Just Yet
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Makeup of the Mind
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - A Top-Down Approach
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - In Practice: Patterns of Investor Irrationality
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - A Call for Nudges
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - The Furious Comeback of Emerging Markets
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Junk-Bond Pioneer
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Four Picks for the Present
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Consumer Staples Hold Up in the Kitchen
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Familiarity Can Breed Bad Investment Decisions
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - 65
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Leave the ‘Junk Rally’ Behind and Look for Quality at a Reasonable Price
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - 67
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - 50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Undervalued Stocks
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Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - New at Morningstar
Morningstar Advisor - October/November 2009 - Meet the New Boss, Same (School) as the Old Boss
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