Successful long-term investing is a function of persistence and patience, not timing. A well-diversified portfolio can withstand market cycles and deliver solid, long-term returns without subjecting the investor to the risk and stress of accurately choosing entry and exit points.
TAG: Active vs. Passive
Why—in the face of such overwhelming evidence to the contrary—do investors and managers continue to believe they can ‘outperform’ markets? Two words: Fees and Overconfidence. The latter suggests investors are living in a fairy tale world where everyone is strong, good-looking and an above-average stock picker. But two of the world’s most sophisticated institutions are waking up to the fact active management has failed them. Shouldn’t you?
It’s that time of year again. A fresh batch of “Where to Invest in 2013” publications are in full circulation. Since we know these market guides won’t ever come with warning labels—“Do not operate large 401(k) balances after reading” or “Contents may impair judgment”—a review of how last year’s predictions turned out might be warning enough.
Vanguard recently announced they will be changing the index benchmarks tracked by several of their exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The changes, which will occur gradually, are being made to reduce internal fund costs, thus increasing the amount of returns which ends up in investors’ pockets
While the conventional wisdom suggests a “don’t just sit there, do something” approach to investing, nothing could be further from the truth. New data from USA TODAY and online portfolio tracker SigFig show investors who actively trade their portfolios do far worse than those with a buy-and-hold approach. The takeaway? Don’t just do something, sit there.