What Investors Should Do In Reaction to Brexit

Given the outcome of yesterday’s referendum, which calls for Great Britain to leave the European Union, the question is what’s next? The only honest answer right now is “we don’t know.” BBC News has a good article explaining the vote and the exit process. No country thus far has left the European Union. Greenland previously…

 

Strategies for the Irrational Investor

If you are like the typical investor, cognitive biases, emotions and reactive thinking inevitably influence your decisions to some extent. The result can often be subpar portfolio returns. Some of the most obvious examples of behavioral errors are lotteries. Why do we play when the odds of winning are low? Ironically, part of the reason…

 

The Danger of Getting Out of Stocks During Bear Markets

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. One of the biggest risks to investors’ net worth is the portfolio decisions they make. Failing to adhere to an appropriate long-term strategy has a significant damaging impact on wealth. Since wealth is generated from the compounding of returns, actions that severely…

 

12 Steps to Drive Emotions Out of Investing Decisions

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. There is a large body of research showing that investors depend on emotions and anecdotal information when making decisions. You are no doubt aware of this and are familiar with the resulting cognitive investment errors. There have been numerous articles dealing with how investors can…

 

Trading More Frequently Leads to Worse Returns

This interview originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of the AAII Journal. What impact does active trading have on portfolio performance? Terrance “Terry” Odean, professor of Finance at the University of California, Berkeley, has done quite a bit of research into the performance of individual investors. He spoke with AAII on his studies and their…

 

The Lottery as Your Retirement Plan

Dreaming about winning the big Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot? Before you buy several lottery tickets, consider this bit of guidance from AAII president John Bajkowski: There is a 93% chance of losing everything you spend on Mega Million tickets and a 96% change of losing everything you spend on Powerball tickets. If you want…

 

Responding to Market Bubbles: What You Should Do

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of the AAII Journal. Robert Shiller is a Nobel laureate and the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University who studies market fluctuations and investor behavior. In April 2015, he spoke to AAII about stock and bond bubbles and the current market. The term “bubble” gets used…

 

Social Media Can Feed Investor Panic

Social media has become ingrained in our daily lives, but for investors, this could come at a cost. A Wall Street Journal article discusses the impact between knowing what others are thinking and the performance of one’s investment portfolio in the next market crash. The article cites a 2013 paper from neuroeconomists Benedetto De Martino and colleagues, then…