If you want to be an investor, don’t be an average one. It can very well be a ridiculous proposition. The individual investors on an average would make mistakes, just like they did last year and this is evident from the report that was published in the latest report of Dalbar, the financial research company.
...Investment research firm Dalbar publishes an annual survey of the average investor's performance versus the benchmark. Dalbar studied retail equity and fixed-income mutual fund flows (money in and out of the fund) each month from Dec. 31, 1997 to Dec. 31, 2017 to calculate the "average investor" return. The average investor performed below average when compared to buying and holding the S&P 500 index...
A combination of volatile market conditions and bad timing caused the average U.S. investor to lose twice as much as the S&P 500 in 2018, according to a new study from DALBAR.
The research firm’s latest Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (QAIB) found that investors were actually blown away by market turmoil last year, losing 9.42 percent over the course of 2018, compared with a 4.38 percent retreat by the S&P.
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A widely cited study, called Dalbar's Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behaviour, compares investors' average annual returns to market returns.
Schmansky's observation is backed by some sobering numbers from research firm Dalbar, which since 1984 has studied the effects of mutual fund ...
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According to Dalbar's data, the average investor in mutual funds trailed the index over the trailing 12 month, 3 year, 5 year and 10 year time period.