ROMでお世話になっている投資掲示板からの孫引きで、Behavioral Finance (Why Watching CNBC Won’t Make You Rich)の一部を訳しました。記事を紹介してくださったのは、才媛iluvbabybさんです。紹介されている映像は往年のドリフターズをみるようで思わず笑みが浮かびますが、翻って自分自身の行動をみつめなおす材料になるものです。



Investors withdrew $6.8 billion from US stock funds in September, $15.5 billion in August and $22.9 billion in July. Makes sense, right? Q3 was the worst quarter for US stocks since the 2008-9 financial crisis. Investors withdrew another $18.2 billion in October, which was the best single month for US stocks in 25 years with a gain of 10.9% in the S&P 500. YTD, US investors sold $53.5 billion of US funds, continuing a pattern of net annual redemptions that has prevailed since 2008.

Warren Buffet, meanwhile, invested $23.9 billion (including $7 billion in stock purchases) in US markets in Q3 ? his fastest pace of investment in 15 years. As of March 2011, Buffet was worth about $50 billion, so who do you think is making the correct assessment of the investing climate?


Warren Buffet buying large when others sell is a classic example of contrarian investing, defined as “an investment style that goes against prevailing market trends by buying assets that are performing poorly and then selling when they perform well.” Humans, alas, are herd animals who become distressed when acting contrary to the group. Watch this old Candid Camera prank to observe an individual’s distress from simply facing the wrong way in an elevator. Now think about the distress you feel when your investment advisor maintains or even adds to your stock allocations, when clearly “a depression is eminent.” We track monthly and quarterly cash flows into stock mutual funds because often net flows are inversely correlated with stock market performance. In other words, most investors buy high and sell low.

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