Finances are complicated for some of us. That’s okay, we’ve all been there. Featured today are some real-life financial mistakes that real people have made, that they’ve learned from, that they want you to also learn from so you don’t make the same mistakes. (Or if you’ve made these same mistakes, just know that you’re not the only one!
In over 40 years of business, our firm has never lost any money for our clients, in part because they don't own mutual funds. The following article seeks to simplify the many complexities of mutual fund expenses so investors are able to discover the true costs associated with mutual fund ownership.
By Echo Huang, CFA, CFP®, CPA
Imagine that you decide to go to see a new movie. You hand the cashier at the counter a twenty dollar bill. She gives you back a ten dollar bill and a ten dollar ticket. But when you get to the theater door, you realize you don't know where your ticket is. It's just lost. Do you think you'd pay ten dollars for a new ticket, or would you just head home? If you're like most people, you might be tempted to head home. In fact, when the psychologists Kahneman and Tversky presented this problem to college students, fifty-four percent of people said they'd probably just head back home.
But now imagine a different scenario. This time, you hand the cashier at the counter twenty dollars. This time, she gives you back two ten dollar bills, so that you can easily pay ten dollars at the door to get in. But when you get to the door, you realize that you can only find one of the ten dollar bills. The other one's not in your purse or your pocket. It's just lost. Would you pay ten dollars for the movie or just head home? if you're like most people, you'd probably still go see the movie. In fact, when Kahneman and Tversky presented this problem to college students, eighty-eight percent of people said they'd probably go to the movie anyway.
The different responses to these cases illustrate a bias known as "mental accounting." Mental accounting bias is an information-processing bias in which people treat one sum of money differently from another equal-sized sum based on which mental account the money is assigned to. Mental accounts are based on such arbitrary classifications as the source of the money (salary, bonus, inheritance, gambling or business profit) or the planned use of the money (leisure, necessities).
Let’s get to the point
What is an estate? Essentially, everything you own.
So, what’s estate planning? Essentially, controlling where all those things go after you pass away. Instructions on where/ to whom your possessions will be going. But, it’s also so much more than that.
- NextEra Energy has consistently outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past decade.
- NextEra is up much more than the broad market benchmark over the past six months.
- Like all utilities, NextEra is a defensive stock, but it stands out for growing earnings and free cash flow.
- NextEra has increased dividend payouts on a yearly basis.
A congratulations goes out to Julie Woods, MSc, MD of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
Dr. Woods has recently become one of the few doctors to accomplish creating a Lynch Syndrome clinic, which is 1 of 4 full service multidisciplinary clinics in the country.
We see many of our friends at Entergy Louisiana Station confronted by a perplexing situation as the company will not renew its power plant operating contract with ExxonMobil. Here’s what we know about the upcoming change and what we anticipate to be the questions that our friends at Entergy may be asking.
FAQs for our Friends at Entergy
Diversification is at the heart of a sound investment plan. An effective diversification plan helps manage risk by spreading funds across various asset classes and types of investments. The reasoning behind this strategy is that market conditions can affect each type of asset differently — through diversification, losses in one area can be offset by gains in another.
By Echo Huang, CFA, CFP®, CPA
A recent study by DALBAR, a financial research firm, has confirmed that investors who try to time the stock market often dive into the market at the top and flee at the bottom. This fact has actually caused investor results to significantly lag the broader markets over the long haul.
DALBAR's most recent study shows that over the last 20 years, through December 31, 2017, the S&P 500 has produced an average annual return of 7.20%. However, over that same period, the average equity fund investor has earned only 5.29%. Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index has produced an average annual return of 4.98%. However, over the same period, the average fixed-income fund investor has earned only 0.44%.
Most of traditional economic and financial theory is based on the assumption that individuals will act rationally and consider all available information in their decision-making process, and that markets are efficient. Behavioral finance challenges these assumptions and explores how individuals and markets actually behave.
Emotional biases are related to feelings, perceptions, or beliefs about elements, objects, or the relations between them, and can be a function of reality or of the imagination. In the world of investing, emotions sometimes cause investors to make suboptimal decisions.
Cognitive errors, in fact, are more easily corrected than emotional biases. Cognitive errors stem from faulty reasoning, therefore better information, education and advice can often correct for them. Most cognitive biases can be “moderated” - to moderate the impact of bias is to recognize it and attempt to reduce or even eliminate it within the individual.
In this post, we'll examine the six key emotional biases, the consequences of the bias, and offer guidance on detecting and overcoming the bias. The first step is to be aware that these biases exist and then take actions to overcome them in order to have a successful investing experience.
- Endowment bias is an emotional bias in which people value an asset more when they hold rights to it than when they do not. Investors may irrationally hold on to securities they already own, a bias particularly true regarding their inherited investments. An investor may hold an inherited municipal bond portfolio due to their emotional attachment, when a more aggressive asset mix may be more appropriate.
The New Year is a great time to reassess saving and spending habits and put new goals in place. To do so requires creating a formal process to succeed—and that means developing a budget. You may already have a budget, but are you taking full advantage of it? Chances are it may need a little dusting off or refresh.