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Investment & Economic Review January 2019

9 Jan 2019
2018 was a perplexing year for investment markets, having started apprehensively due to economic growth and rising interest rates concerns, which was then followed by a benign mid-year period of greater optimism and growth, that ended abruptly in the final quarter. By year-end markets of all types - stocks, bonds and currencies - were experiencing heightened investor agitation and volatility.

The Dangers of the Anchoring Effect

17 Dec 2018

‘Anchoring’ can be most detrimental to the best interests of investors; it is, in fact, something we all have a tendency to do, and which we should almost always try to avoid. It is the tendency to evaluate buying and selling decisions around a specific number which emotionally latches itself into our minds based on dangerous misconceptions.

The Disposition Effect

19 Nov 2018

The ‘disposition effect’ has been described as ‘One of the most robust facts about the trading of individual investors’ (Barberis & Xiong).  Professor Hersh Shefrin (Santa Clara University, USA) describes the effect as ‘a predisposition toward get-evenitis’.

Three Pillars Investing: Attitude, Aptitude, Altitude

7 Nov 2018

One’s attitude towards investing is likely to be heavily influenced by age.

While not a hard and fast rule, young investors are more likely to take greater risks than older investors; the rationale being that, if things go sour, younger investors have more time to ‘get things right’.

Well, yes, though not always.

13 things Australian investors can learn from overseas

2 Nov 2018
13 things Australian investors can learn from overseas

Many things affect the Australian stock market, including the state of the national economy, corporate profits, government policy (including corporate tax rates and interest rates) and business and investor confidence.