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Planning for this life-changing event is important.
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Understanding and avoiding behavioral pitfalls will ultimately have a greater impact on investing success than any other factor. Since emotions and subsequent behavioral pitfalls are frequently associated with miscalculating risk tolerance and asset allocation, the new investor should be aware of behavioral pitfalls before making asset allocation decisions.
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This week in financial history
- 2006 - The S&P Completion Index was launched on this date. The index provides a benchmark for extended market index funds that, when combined with an S&P 500 index fund, provides total market coverage of the U.S. stock market. Source: S&P Completion Index
- 1985 - Ronald Reagan became the first sitting president to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Source: Remarks to Brokers and Staff of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, New York
- 1900 - Louis Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Bachelier, French mathematician, published Theorie de La Speculation; and argued that markets were essentially random. This introduced higher math to the analysis of finance. Source: Théorie de la spéculation, Annales Scientifiques de l’École Normale Supérieure Vol.3 (17) pp. 21-86.
- 1999 - The US Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 10,000 for the first time in history. Source: Closing milestones of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
- 2007 - The law allowing German real estate investment trusts (G-REITs) went into effect. Source: Germany enters the REIT universe with a big bang
- 1968 - The MSCI EAFE Index was launched on March 31, 1986. Source: MSCI EAFE Index, fact sheet
- 1987 - The Australian Stock Exchange Limited (ASX) was formed on 1 April 1987, through incorporation under legislation of the Australian Parliament. Source:History
- 2011 - The Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP) launched indexes that provide coverage of various sectors of the US stock market. The indexes include the CRSP US Total Market Index; the CRSP US Mega Cap Index, the CRSP US Large Cap Index; the CRSP Mid Cap Index; and the CRSP Small Cap Index. Source: CRSP Indexes Quick Reference Guide
- 1792 - The Coinage Act established the United States Mint and created a decimal system for U.S. currency. Source: Coinage Act of 1792
- 1956 - The Tokyo Stock Exchange started trading in bonds. Source: Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.
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