These two cognitive biases are an investor’s worst enemies


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These two things are an investor’s greatest enemies (University of Missouri News Bureau)

University of Missouri associate professor Rui Yao analysed data from the 2008 FPA-Ameriprise Financial Value of Financial Planning Research Study and found that overconfidence and loss aversion are key factors causing people to make investment mistakes.

For most people, this is not exactly ground-breaking news. However, internalizing this can help financial planners determine which clients could be at risk for making investing mistakes.

“During a down market, every mistake an investor makes is magnified,” Yao said. “If financial planners can identify those who are more at risk to make these mistakes, they can more effectively work with the investors beforehand to help prevent them from making such mistakes.”

Ignore the manufacturing recession at your own risk (BlackRock)

Stocks have bounced back since February and the broad US economy continues to grow, which suggests that the US isn’t on the precipice of a recession. However, the manufacturing sector hasn’t recovered yet — and investors would be wise to pay attention.

“For many investors the response is: So what? Manufacturing is a relatively small portion of the overall economy, they say. The much more important consumer sector is holding up, with households continuing to spend at a decent, if uninspiring pace,” wrote BlackRock’s Russ Koesterich.

“All true, but a rebound in corporate profits is much less likely in the context of falling industrial production. Put differently, falling industrial production is not necessarily indicative of an economic recession, but in the past it has been consistent with a profits recession.”

Charles Schwab’s latest move is a sign of the times (Investment News)

Charles Schwab is taking mutual funds with sales loads off its shelves in light of the new DOL fiduciary rule, reports Jeff Benjamin.

“We expect more firms to look to no-load options for investors as advisers and their clients become more cost-conscious,” Todd Rosenbluth, director of mutual fund and ETF research at S&P Capital IQ told Benjamin. “With advisers increasingly using lower-cost passive strategies in fee-based accounts, assets have been moving out of many mutual funds with sales loads. The pending Department of Labour rules will accelerate this trend.”

Raymond James has no plan for robos… yet (Financial Planning)

“We won’t create a platform that disintermediates the financial advisor,” said Scott Curtis, president of Raymond James Financial Services, the independent arm of the financial advisory firm. “Direct-to-consumer is not our model.”

But, notably, Curtis added that if robo-type services would help Raymond James comply with the new DOL rule, then the firm “certainly will explore” the option, reports Charles Paikert.

A $2.8 billion RIA just spun away from the Bank of Montreal — even though they had a good relationship (RIABiz)

The founders of Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney (SBSB) just brought ownership of the $2.8-billion firm back to Virginia after selling the RIA to the Bank of Montreal 13 years ago.

While it may seem unusual for an RIA to spin away from a successful relationship, Sanders Wommack details a few reasons why the firm may have wanted to go solo, including that the partnership “jeopardized plans to ramp up growth,” and that independence allows for greater flexibility with the compensation structure.

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