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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.
“Your investing brain does not just add and multiply and estimate and evaluate,” says Jason Zweig in his book, Your Money and Your Brain. “When you win, lose, or risk money, you stir up some of the most profound emotions a human being can ever feel.” (more...)
This week in financial history
- 1776 - The US Congress appointed a Committee "to examine and ascertain the value of the several species of gold and silver coins and the proportions they ought to bear to the Spanish milled dollar." Source: Timeline of the United States Mint
- 1895 - The Railroad Gazette made the first public notice of the Herman Hollerith tabulating machine used for the 1890 census. Hollerith's great breakthrough was his use of electricity to read, count, and sort punched cards whose holes represented data gathered by the census-takers. His machines accomplished in one year what would have taken nearly ten years of hand tabulating. Hollerith's company later developed into the International Business Machines Corporation, known as IBM. Source: American Treasuries of the Library of Congress
- 1933 - The gold standard, which directly linked the American dollar to its worth in gold, was abandoned on this day during the Great Depression. Source: This Day in Economic history.
- 2007 - The Wilshire 5000 Index closed above 15,000 for the first time in history. Source: Wilshire 5000
- 1998 - The Toronto Stock Exchange announces closure of its traditional floor trading (open outcry) system to make way for a completely electronic trading environment. Source: Canadian History Timeline
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