The Damaging Role of Biases in Investing

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) There are so many biases that can hurt your returns in investing that it is hard to keep track of them.  There is also no shortage of advice being given on how to recognize these biases and combat them. This advice would lead you to believe that if you just did certain things, you could escape their impact and prevent them from hurting you. There is one major problem with this… Read More

Rush Hour Traffic and Market Corrections

An article in CFA Institute highlights a “disappointing” statistic from a Gallup survey: “31% of investors would prefer to sit in gridlock than rebalance their portfolios,” and argues that “systematic rebalancing is one of the few opportunities for a nearly ‘free lunch’ that the markets offer.” The article notes that year-end 2018 was a good time to rebalance, that the market’s decline “gave investors an opportunity to buy at lower prices, which should lead to… Read More

Swedroe Offers Perspective to Panicky Investors

In an article for last month’s ETF.com, BAM Alliance director of research Larry Swedroe offered some insight on how to weather potential market volatility using a balanced view of the current environment. “While the economic expansion is now 10 years old, expansions don’t die of old age,” writes Swedroe. “They die either because geopolitical risks show up or because the Fed tightens monetary policy, driving real rates to high levels to fight inflation.” Swedroe argues… Read More

Most Read on Validea’s Guru Investor

Below are links to our most popular posts for this week on Validea’s Guru Investor blog.- [1] Five Questions: Behavior in Investing with Dr. Daniel Crosby [2] Mauboussin on the Pitfalls of Using EV/EBITDA in Valuations [3] Hulbert: Fund Performance is Largely Luck-Driven [4] Pure-Factor ETFs Poised to Shine in Market Downturn ——- Photo: Copyright: arcady31 / 123RF Stock Photo  

Learning from the Hierarchy of Investor Needs

By Justin J. Carbonneau (@jjcarbonneau) —  The original “hierarchy of needs” model was developed by Abraham Maslow in 1943. Maslow proposed the hierarchy as a way to understand human motivation and later extended it to human curiosity. The hierarchy can be viewed as a pyramid with layers, which included things like “physiological,” “safety,” “belonging and love,” “esteem,” and “self-actualization”. Each part builds off the one below, and before one could move up the pyramid the… Read More

When Your Experience Fails You

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) —   Because it’s easier, we’re inclined to use our recent experience as the baseline for what will happen in the future. In many situations, this bias works just fine, but when it comes to investing and money it can cause problems. -Carl Richards The next market crash must be coming. We are already in our second correction of the year and having lived through the past two bear markets, it seems obvious that… Read More

Investors are Behaving Less Badly

New evidence suggests that investors may be shifting their habit of buying high and selling low, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. The article reports that a Morningstar study published in June found that the average mutual fund gained 5.79% annually over the 10 years ended March 31st while the average investor gained 5.53%–the 0.26 difference representing a much narrower gap than in the past. Over the decade ending 2013, for example,… Read More

“I Don’t Know” – The Most Important Phrase in Investing

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) —  Certainty is often seen as a sign of strength in life. When someone is telling us the best course of action within their field of expertise, we want them to do so with a level of conviction that implies no other outcome is possible than the one they are telling us is going to happen. Think about it. You bring your car into the shop, you want to know definitively what… Read More

What Gambling and the Oakland A’s Can Teach You about the Importance of Process

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant) —  I have a friend who is an infrequent gambler and won money almost every time he went to the casino. He did it by exclusively playing the slot machines. His approach involved sizing up the room and using his gut feeling to determine which machine to play. He used a similar approach to determine how much to bet. When that gut feeling approach said one machine was no longer likely to… Read More

Joel Greenblatt Combines Active and Passive Investing

 In a recent episode of WealthTrack, Consuelo Mack interviewed Gotham Asset Management’s Joel Greenblatt, who shared his thoughts on active and passive investing and how he has combined the two in an effort to discourage investors from bailing out of a strategy in tough times. Greenblatt explained that human nature leads investors to pile into well-performing funds and pile out of underperformers—which ends in lost opportunity and dollar losses as well. He discussed the genesis… Read More