In his book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, author Dan Ariely writes, “Wouldn’t economics make a lot more sense if it were based on how people actually behave, instead of how they should behave?” In the same vein, investors of all backgrounds and net worth levels generally know how they should invest but nevertheless make bad investment decisions like getting deeply involved in penny stocks, gambling on the potential of a new cryptocurrency, trying to “time the market,” or investing much too … [Read more...] about How Your Cognitive Biases Can Hurt Your Investment Returns
If you would like to learn more about personal finance or get a higher rate of return on your investments, then simply reading a book may not be the perfect solution. While books written by experienced authors can be useful, the information eventually becomes outdated, especially in the rapidly-changing world of finance, and there’s no one you can turn to for help if you have questions after you finish reading a chapter. This is part of the reason why Investopedia, the self-proclaimed “largest financial education website in the world”, … [Read more...] about Investopedia Academy Review – Self-Paced, Online Courses About Investing
I am a buy and hold investor. I do not like to sell many of my investments. I’m decades away from retiring, and I’m a long-term investor, to say the least. It takes a lot for me to sell mutual funds that I own. But, I have been known to transfer the assets from one mutual fund or mutual fund company to another one based on certain criteria. There are times that it is best to just sell your mutual funds and let them go. Things change. Investing philosophies and goals change. Those are the reason to sell mutual funds. Four Reasons When … [Read more...] about Top 4 Reasons You Might Want to Sell Mutual Funds You Own
How many mutual funds do you invest in? Do you have several funds spread out between Roth IRAs, or do you invest in several mutual funds through your company’s 401k retirement plan? Do you know which stocks those funds invest in? You may suffer from mutual fund overlap. You may be surprised to learn that many of these mutual funds overlap. There can be a real danger in overlap, and you may not as diversified as you think. What Is Mutual Fund Overlap? When a mutual fund does well, investors pile into the investment. Eventually, you wind … [Read more...] about Do Your Investments Suffer From Mutual Fund Overlap?
A recent survey by MFS Investment Management, the nation’s oldest mutual fund company, found that young investors are staying away from the stock market and holding large cash positions. In fact, the survey shows that the youngest investors, those of Generation Y, are actually increasing their cash positions in their nest eggs while shunning the stock market to a large degree. While it can make young investors have a little better feeling when they try and simply protect their principle, far too many young investors have too much of their … [Read more...] about Young Investors Hold Too Much Cash in Their Portfolios
To those who find it a challenge to manage their finances around one mortgage, the idea of buying a second home can seem like a stretch. There are good, workable ways to approach the idea of a second home. They call it the property ladder for a reason - once you have one home, moving to more properties becomes easier. Aiming to buy a second or third home shouldn't even count as financially ambitious. Buying a Second Home If you're like most middle-class families, you probably need to plan for and income of £50,000 a year once you … [Read more...] about