AAII Investor Update: Kahneman on Decision-Making, and Other Morningstar Conference Notes

Nobel laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman shared insights from his current research about decision-making at this year’s Morningstar Investment Conference. He described noisy interferences in the decision-making process as being more important than systematic errors. Noise is something that interferes with the decision-making process, particularly irrelevant factors influencing a person’s judgments. Irrelevant factors can include…

 

Nine Guidelines for Retirement Success

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Misunderstanding Variable Universal Life Can Lead to Adverse Consequences Many people view variable universal life as similar to whole life and universal life, buying these policies for family protection or associated with estate planning. This article shows, however, that variable universal life policies are…

 

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…

 

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…