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Investor demographics: how wealth, age and gender affect decisions

      By LARRY SWEDROE   To determine whether investor demographics provide information as to the holdings of their portfolios, Sebastien Betermier, Laurent Calvet, Samuli Knüpfer and Jens Kvaerner, authors of the February 2022 study What Do the Portfolios of Individual Investors Reveal About the Cross-Section of Equity Returns?, examined the stockholdings of 365,000...

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What would Seth Godin say about the Investment Association?

  The author, blogger and marketer Seth Godin has a brilliant way of encapsulating in just a few words the challenges that organisations face and how to deal with them — and I couldn’t help but think of the Investment Association and its...

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How to improve financial journalism at a stroke

  I miss curling up on the sofa with the weekend papers. Having them delivered to my Kindle isn’t quite the same. There again, I seriously feared disappearing under a mountain of newsprint if I didn’t make the switch. No wonder you don’t...

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#SFTW: The (reversion to the) mean machine

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND Machine. Sir Francis Galton loved upsetting people. The Church of England didn’t take kindly to his statistical analysis of the power of prayer (he wasn’t a big fan); nor were women too impressed with his beauty map of Britain,...

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Fooled by randomness? You need one of these

  If he were alive today, I suspect Sir Francis Galton would subscribe to the Evidence-Based Investor. Heck, I’d probably hand him the editorship and let him get on with it. Galton was born in 1822 in Birmingham, England, about a mile from...

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Financial advice for babies everywhere

  Of the thousands of financial writers in the world today, there are probably about a dozen whose financial advice really is worth reading, and Morgan Housel is definitely one of them. Anyone can rehash press releases, wax lyrical about the latest investment...

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Why fund houses couldn’t give a fig about poor performance

  There’s been so much scorn heaped on hedge funds for their dismal performance and exorbitant fees that you could be forgiven for wondering how much longer the industry can survive. Fund houses. The fact that two of the most famous living investors,...

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