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Although the broad market "buy and hold" return is a good starting point for evaluating a strategy, I think the volatility of returns and correlation to other asset classes are equally important. I consider my strategies as complimenting rather than replacing traditional investment vehicles. Therefore, the critical decision becomes one of capital allocation between the different alternatives.
Regardless of how promising back-tested and actual returns look, one should never "trust" themselves with all their capital. I'm reminded of a line from "When Genius Failed" about how the fantastically wealthy partners at LTCM survived despite having 90%+ of their net worth tied up in the fund . . . the money they saved was the money they had spent on mega yachts and mansions.
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I think the poll was motivated by the classic question if there is any purpose in active management rather than holding the market portfolio, so correlation would be irrelevant. Lowenstein's account is somewhat deceiving, and the guys were modest and inconspicuous with their spending.