The Gloom and Doom Returns - Show 61-1

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 400 Page views

It seems that doom and gloom are back in the headlines, but Mark says that economic uncertainty is the balance between good news and bad news – a place we can find ourselves at any time. Good news and bad news are both a constant presence. Mark and Tom give investors hope by showing the 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year performance of IFA’s Index Portfolio 50 after several major crises since 1987 (See Figure 9-1A). The numbers show that holding investments for a minimum of 5 years has yielded a post-crisis positive performance of 41% - 70%. They also present a 6-year study by Odean & Barber, which concludes that “trading is hazardous to your wealth.”

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