Investors Are Told to Buy and Hold, But Do They?

How Investors May Be More Successful

Investors need to be more successful if they ever want to achieve their retirement goals. Yet studies show that many investors are failing. Why?

Over the past 40 years, the financial services industry and media have conditioned investors to believe in the idea of buy and hold and Modern Portfolio Theory. These folks suggest that investor decision making is compromised by fear and greed, which can cause them to try to time the markets. However, we feel their decisions have nothing to do with fear and greed. Rather, when investors are faced with large losses, they have the choice to fight or flee. In this paper, Matt Schreiber (President & Chief Investment Strategist of WBI) discusses why typical behavior is keeping investors from achieving their goals and what he thinks they can do better in the future.


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