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In theory, the value of an investment is based on fundamentals – the strength of the underlying business.
But in reality, human psychology can play an even bigger role in determining prices. When a market cycle turns and investors seek liquidity, even the strongest businesses tend to be sold off. Learn more about why your emotions should stay in check even when markets cycle.
Have you ever thought that you may be able to predict which asset class will have the highest return in a given year? Click here to take a look at the annual returns of seven common asset classes - compared to the returns of a diversified portfolio - over the last 10 calendar years.
Negative events in the media may cause people to react emotionally and lose sight of their investment strategy. In the past three decades alone, there have been a number of events that may have kept investors on the sidelines. When you look at the big picture, over the last 30 calendar years, the S&P/TSX Composite Index gained approximately 1316% or 9% per year and 22 of the 30 years had positive returns. Click here to learn more.
Have you ever felt a thrill from purchasing a new investment? You begin with high hopes for the future, but as time draws on, the peaks and valleys that your investment undergoes as a result of normal market movements make you uncomfortable. Occasionally, your discomfort leads you to sell your investment simply to regain a sense of control. If this situation sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many investors let their emotions guide their investment decisions. However, emotional investing may influence us to buy and sell at inopportune times and eventually lose faith in our own financial decisions. Click here to learn how to break the cycle and consider investing for the long term.
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