I am a physician, currently practicing as an Anesthesiologist. My other passions are finance and investments. As of 2013, I have passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, all in my first attempts. I received my Masters of Business Administration degree in 2008. I received my certification as a securities specialist from the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2009.
In the years following the financial crisis of 2008-2009, due mostly to quantitative easing (or QE… most people know QE as “bailout”), stock prices became highly correlated. This made it difficult for investors to gain alpha through stock picking. Since the US Federal Reserve announced the end of the QE programme, stocks are starting to become less correlated. Analysts expect stock correlation to drop even more and stock volatility to increase in 2015. Stock pickers (the good and the lucky) may be picking up alpha as well.