Posted by on Jul 13, 2019 in Articles & Advice, Blog, Columns, Featured |

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By Jason Zweig  |   July 12, 2019 10:30 am ET


To err is human; to get paid for it is divine.

That could be the motto of professional portfolio managers who rack up high fees for results that a blindfolded chimpanzee would be ashamed of—if chimps could blush. Several new studies show that the so-called smart money is prone to many of the same errors as amateurs. Everyone can learn from such mistakes.

Professional investors hold stocks too long. They react erratically to stock splits. They may even buy one stock when they intended to purchase a different one—almost as often as supposedly clueless individual investors make the same kind of blunder.


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For further reading:


Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

Jason Zweig, The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Jason Zweig, Your Money and Your Brain

Jason Zweig, The Little Book of Safe Money


Articles and other resources:

Kelly Shue and Richard Townsend, “Can the Market Multiply and Divide? Non-Proportional Thinking in Financial Markets” (excellent short video presentation if you scroll down here)

Vadim S. Balashov and Andrei L. Nikiforov, “How Much Do Investors Trade Because of Name/Ticker Confusion?

Essentia Analytics, “The Alpha Lifecycle

Terrance Odean, “Do Investors Trade Too Much?

Wall Street Has It Wrong. You’re a Smart Investor.

Hey, Money Managers, Stop Putting the Squeeze on Investors

Sometimes the ‘Smart Money’ Is Dumb Too

Smart Money Takes a Dive on Alternative Assets

A (Long) Chat with Peter L. Bernstein