08 Sep Over-Confidence
Curious Investor Behaviour – Number 4
According to multiple studies into human behaviour, the majority of people consider themselves superior in most day-to-day activities – for example, over 90% of drivers believe they are better than average! Over-confidence is a particularly dangerous trait in the field of investment. It leads to over-estimation of one’s knowledge and under-estimation of risk. In the late nineties,many investors enjoyed exceptional paper profits in technology stocks and attributed their successes to their ability.
As one astute observer put it, aim for timid forecasts and bold choices. In other words, under-estimate your knowledge and over-estimate risk.
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About Reuben Zelwer
Reuben Zelwer established Adapt Wealth Management in 2011 to help time poor clients achieve financial freedom. For over 15 years, Reuben has helped professionals, executives, business owner and those approaching retirement make the most of their circumstances by making good financial decisions. Reuben’s professional practice is complemented by substantial voluntary work, which has included setting up financial literacy and savings programs in the local community.