Tag: behavioral-finance

The Investing Equivalent of Parachute Pants

Posted by Mike Carlone on 1/20/22 12:43 PM

If you search deep in the nooks and crannies of your memory, you probably can recall one specific fashion choice you made in your younger days that you now look back on with absolute shame. You may have destroyed the pictures – I know I did, and thank goodness this was before the digital age! – but the memory is still there. Whether it be of a mullet, popped collars, parachutes pants, dramatic shoulder pads, or a rat tail, it’s in there, suppressed and collecting dust.

We made these choices because we thought it made us look cool, all our friends were doing it, or out of rebellion. We probably had friends or family members try to talk us out of it, or at least help us find a new path eventually.

Similarly, now more than ever, investors need financial advisors who can talk them out of the investing equivalent of baggy parachute pants.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Market Predictions Are (Still) Trash

Posted by Mike Carlone on 1/5/22 5:10 PM

Since Blueprint is an asset manager, financial services dogma says that right now I’m supposed to tell you where the S&P will close in 2022, which asset class will be the top performer, and where Treasuries are headed.

Instead, for two good reasons I’m going to highlight some laughable predictions made by market “experts” over the years. Reason 1: We could all use a little levity right about now. Reason 2: More importantly, these predictions reinforce the truly important point that most market predictions are worthless.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Survey Says: Your Asset Manager’s Sell Discipline Stinks

Posted by Jon Robinson on 11/16/21 1:23 PM

The last time an asset manager told you about their buy/sell process, did the conversation sound a lot like what’s depicted in this pie chart?

It’s bewildering, considering building and maintaining an investment portfolio requires decisions about what to buy and sell. Yet, even elite institutional portfolio managers disproportionately focus on the first half of that equation.

It turns out that’s a quantifiably costly mistake.

 

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

Is It Human Nature to Distrust Simplicity?

Posted by Tommy Mayes on 8/26/21 1:05 PM

A colleague recently shared a blog that in essence questioned why quantitative investment strategies, and specifically trend following, was not more widely embraced by the investment management industry. It was a compelling question that prompted me to consider a larger one: Is it human nature to distrust simplicity?

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

How Behaviorally Friendly is Your Approach to Downside Protection?

Posted by Mike Carlone on 5/12/21 4:45 PM

For the modern-day financial advisor, it’s all about keeping clients on a straighter path toward the long-term goals they have agreed upon with you. Right?

And there’s piles of research showing that advisors who demonstrate a high degree of behavioral friendliness tend to have clients who are more solidly anchored to their financial plans. The benefits of commitment to the plan for the client is obvious, but there is also a knock-on benefit for advisors in that they usually see less client attrition.

How do you measure up in this regard? A new quiz will give you a score in just a few minutes.

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Topics: Behavioral Finance

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