Should You Be More Active With Your Portfolio?

June 17, 2019
There are a lot of ways your emotions and biases can get in the way of buying or selling a stock. What are some strategies to try to overcome these traps?

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  • And you can also watch Schwab experts discuss buying and selling stocks live each business day at

Trading is a crucible of emotions and analysis. During volatile markets and periods of economic change, it is common for regular investors to ask whether they should be more active with their portfolios. In this episode, Mark Riepe is joined by Randy Frederick, director of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research. Mark and Randy review a list of biases that have an impact when you're making trading decisions, and then they discuss techniques that can blunt the impact of those biases.

  • This study of day traders using real money revealed the link between emotions and trading performance.
  • This study from the Journal of Marketing Research documented the tendency of investors to repurchase stocks they previously sold for a gain rather than ones they previously sold for a loss and repurchase stocks that have lost value subsequent to a prior sale rather than those that have gained value.

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