Our emotions affect our investment decision making in countless ways, which can have a very real impact on our long-term financial goals. One of the most powerful ways our emotions affect us is through our appetite for risk. When markets are calm and returns have been positive, our brain tells us that it’s okay to take on more risk in hopes of achieving higher rates of returns. The opposite is true as well. When markets become volatile and returns have been negative, our brain tells us to take ... [Continue Reading]
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Traditionally, when we discuss the concept of a highly concentrated portfolio, we talk about risk. As we know, putting all of your eggs in one basket means a single mistake can be very devastating. What is often less emphasized is how a concentrated portfolio will most likely underperform a diversified portfolio over time, and how this can negatively impact an investor's financial goals. How can we say that a concentrated portfolio will most likely underperform? After all, we don’t have a ... [Continue Reading]
2016 was a rollercoaster ride for equity investors. Despite the volatility, and a few white knuckle moments, last year ended up being an excellent one for investors who maintained a long-term perspective. Not only did the S&P 500 recover from the worst start in U.S. stock market history, but CCM clients also captured additional returns from the outperformance of small company stocks and value stocks. In this recommended reading article, Paul Merriman recaps that outperformance and highlights ... [Continue Reading]
“When markets hit new highs, is that an indication that it’s time for investors to cash out?” This is the question asked by the research team at Dimensional in their new white paper "New Market Highs and Positive Expected Returns." With new all-time market highs being reached earlier this month, and the psychological watermark of 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average close to being broken, it seems perfectly logical to wonder if future returns might be lower or if a correction should be ... [Continue Reading]
This week’s recommended reading comes with an experiment. Find a coin and flip it until it lands on heads three times in a row. Go ahead, we’ll wait. It’s not easy to do. Everyone will have a different experience, but if we conducted this experiment with a large crowd we’d find that most people would require eight attempts before succeeding. We know this because the probability of flipping a coin and it landing on heads is 50%, and if we repeat that probability three times, we find that ... [Continue Reading]