Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2003 (Revised January 2004)

Carol Brewer's Investments

by Richard S. Ruback and Julia Stevens


Following her husband's death in 1994, Carol Brewer took over the management of her family's investments. This case describes the decisions Brewer made during this process, including her choice to seek active account management, her selection of an investment firm, and her determination of asset allocation within her portfolio. In 2003, Brewer is reassessing her previous investment choices and considering changes she might need to make in the future in light of her plans to retire in six years and live on the income from her investments.

Keywords: Investment Funds; Investment Portfolio; Retirement; Decision Choices and Conditions; Financial Management; Personal Finance; Investment Banking; Investment Return;


Ruback, Richard S., and Julia Stevens. "Carol Brewer's Investments." Harvard Business School Case 204-017, July 2003. (Revised January 2004.)