When it comes to toying with your emotions, there’s probably no place worse than the stock market. That’s because our instincts and built-in tendencies serve us poorly as investors. There’s even a growing field to study and explain these “behavioral biases.” Some are well-documented, like herding. That’s where investors just follow what everyone else is doing (which is a bad idea, of course).But there’s another instinct I’m seeing a lot more of lately. And like all the others we fall prey to, when followed blindly, it can do real damage to your portfolio. That is: the urge to buy something on sale.
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But the notion of finding balance elsewhere does have its appeal … especially in my retirement portfolio. That’s because this has been a year marked by extremes for investors. There’s evidence of that everywhere. Valuations are either the most expensive or the cheapest ever, depending on where you look…
Growth stocks are back in recent weeks. After a difficult first half, shares of “next big thing” companies are rebounding. Fed Chairman Powell’s “hold the course” speech helped. But is this a signal to jump back into companies that may only produce a profit years from now? A recent article from leading research outfit GMO gives five reasons — based on historical evidence — why now may be the riskiest time in two decades to do just that.
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