Your Investments: Take a steady approach instead of chasing fads

The chief investment officer at Covestone Asset Management says the temptation to chase the latest hot' stocks should be resisted, writes Neil Osborne.

9th February, 2014

Over the long term, the vast majority of investors, both professional and individual, underperform the market. In short, they do so because they favour stories over data which leads them to follow fads, overpay for growth stocks and trade too much.

A small subset of investors, less than 20 per cent, do outperform the market over time. These investors display common characteristics: they follow a process, are disciplined, have the right temperament and don't trade...

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