The World’s Most Expensive Hobby (Part 4)
- Households directly hold a significant percentage of stocks, close to 40% of the U.S. equity market.
- But the average household gives up about 1.5% a year in performance through unproductive trading.
- Such underperformance can lead to substantial differences over an investment lifetime.
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The World’s Most Expensive Hobby (Part 3)
- To invest wisely, you need to define a benchmark before you actually make any investment decisions.
- Even if you have a benchmark in mind, an active investment philosophy brings a whole host of issues when it comes to tracking investment performance.
- These issues ultimately obscure the true performance of active investors, which makes it very difficult to figure out if one is investing prudently or not.
- This obscurity is what likely perpetuates an active investing philosophy; however, over time, this can lead sub-optimal investment performance for the average investor.
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The World’s Most Expensive Hobby (Part 2)
- Investing is all about finding a balance that works for the long run.
- Loss aversion can lead to underinvestment, but overconfidence can lead to concentrated bets, and as we’ll explore in this post, overtrading.
- According to the research of Barber and Odean, overtrading can cost investors about 7% a year in returns on average. Yikes!
Continue reading “Beware: This Strategy Could Cause You To Lose Your Shirt.”
The World’s Most Expensive Hobby (Part 1)
- Hobbies can provide lasting benefit by allowing individuals to refocus their efforts away from their careers towards alternative forms of enjoyment.
- Nevertheless, active investing as a hobby might not be the best use of one’s free time.
- Not only are the chances of adding value from this endeavor very slim, but also, the costs associated with investing unwisely can profoundly impact one’s long-term goals and aspirations.
- As an example, most investors often overlook opportunity cost when making investment decisions even though this particular expense can be significant.
Continue reading “Do Not Let This Hobby Ruin Your Retirement.”