How To Improve Your Returns

What you make does not depend on what the fund makes but on how you behave, finds a study on mutual funds

It is bad enough that mutual funds have an uphill struggle to beat the indices. What makes the investment returns from funds worse is investors’ own behaviour. A recent study by Dalbar, Inc. (a US research firm) concluded: “Investment return is far more dependent on investor behaviour...

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Why do investors latch on to past performance of funds even though it has little correlation with the future? Debashis Basu explains

    In our last issue, we discussed how a study by Litman/Gregory Fund Advisors (LGFA) “failed to unearth a significant positive correlation between past relative performance and future relative performance.” However, the idea that the past gets repeated is firmly...

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  • Past Is Truly No Guide

    Fund companies are asked to mention that past performance is no guide to the future. Just as well, shows a new study

    Investors and fund professionals mainly rely on past performance in fund selection. But is this logical? If so, why do regulators insist that funds must be sold with the caveat that past performance is no guide to the future? Indeed, this caveat is a rare piece of wisdom coming...

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