Reblog: Why Our Emotions Ruin Investing Decisions


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Markets are at the whim of shocks and surprises. No doubt that last year’s surprising Brexit referendum result and Trump’s impressive presidential election win remind us of that. When it comes to taking risks, humans are not (necessarily) equipped to deal with the rollercoaster world of risks and investing in a level-headed way.

Humans Can Be Their Own Worst Enemies

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Reblog: Is passive investing suitable for India?


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Since 2008, the global asset management industry has been reeling under a relentless tsunami. While the assets under management (AUM) of actively managed mutual funds (MFs) have increased from $9.0 trillion to $13.4 trillion, passively managed index funds have surged from $0.6 trillion to $2.2 trillion. These now account for 12% of the total MF industry. Vanguard, the international company most identified with passive investing, had less than $25 billion in AUM for over two decades since its inception in 1975. It crossed the $100-billion mark in 1995. The march of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has been equally impressive. By various accounts, the total AUM of ETFs has crossed the $2.1-trillion mark. ETFs have made significant inroads into the fixed income asset class, while index funds have been focused on equity.

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