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The Average Person Is Absolutely Horrible At Investing [Chart]

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Paul Hudson

BlackRock’s chart of the week has shown us something that most of us have speculated for a long time: the average investor is really, really bad.

“Volatility is often the catalyst for poor decisions at inopportune times. Amidst difficult financial times, emotional instincts often drive investors to take actions that make no rational sense but make perfect emotional sense. Psychological factors such as fear often translate into poor timing of buys and sells.

Though portfolio managers expend enormous efforts making investment decisions, investors often give up these extra percentage points in poorly timed decisions. As a result, the average investor underperformed most asset classes over the past 20 years. Investors even underperformed inflation by 0.5%.”

Paul Hudson | Elite. 

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

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