Roger Wong is a financial advisor at SCI. Wong has been assigned the responsibility to
work with Jasmine Arcus, a 35-year old successful entrepreneur who owns a fashion
boutique in Chicago, USA. Arcus has an investment portfolio worth $5,000,000 that is
invested 55% is stocks, and 45% in bonds. She manages to make an annual profit from
her boutique that comfortably covers her living expenses and also contributes to her
savings. Arcus is convinced about the future prospects of the U.S. automobile sector and
has invested 25% of her equity allocation in automobile stocks. When Wong suggested
diversifying part of the holding due to a deterioration of the industry’s fundamentals,
Arcus disagreed, and stated that his predictive model validated the industry’s positive
outlook. Arcus also mentioned that most of the companies within the auto industry had
high P/E multiples which confirmed that her investment in the industry is of good value.
When Wong asked her how she gathered the information about the P/E multiples, Arcus
mentioned that she read in most of the best selling financial journals about how high P/E
multiples for companies within the industry prove that their stocks have growth potential
and can yield high returns for investors.
C. Determine whether to adapt to, moderate, or adapt to and moderate Arcus’s biases and justify your response