Researchers have discovered some interesting things about investors’ perceptions of risk: 1. Fear of loss is exponential. Anxiety increases with the magnitude of the loss. 2. Happiness over a gain decreases as the size of the gain increases. Gaining your first million means much more than gaining a second million. 3. Risk is not symmetrical. Most of us hate losses much more than we love gains.
Does Time Cut the Risk of Owning Stocks? “No,” Says a Nobel-Winning Economist. While there is a kernel of truth in the argument that a longer holding period increases your odds of making a profit, like many Wall Street myths, the devil is in the details. Friend Roger Schreiner, founder of Select Advisers, makes a compelling argument that the risk of ruin increases the longer you