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Cutting Through Emotional Biases in Investing

By Todd Berg, ChFC®

June 6, 2024

Discerning investors recognize that emotional biases can occasionally skew investment choices. In fact, managing emotions like fear, greed, and overconfidence is one of the most challenging aspects of investing. It's crucial to recognize when these emotional biases are creeping into your decision-making process and take a step back to reassess objectively.

Trusting your own judgment is important, but in today's fast-paced world, where information overload and market fluctuations can lead to rash decisions, it's vital to recognize potential emotional biases in investment choices.

Chasing the Latest Fad

It's easy to be seduced by the excitement of the "next big thing," believing you're getting in on the ground floor of a major breakthrough. While true opportunities do arise now and then, jumping into trends without full awareness can lead to regrettable losses. Prudent investors often ignore the lure of the moment in favor of established, reliable investments offering steady returns.

Forgetting the Risk Factor

Remembering that investment decisions should align with your personal goals, time frame, and risk tolerance is crucial. Even seasoned investors sometimes forget that the value of investments fluctuates with market conditions, and when sold, they may return more or less than their initial cost.

Embracing Risk Wisely

While many claim to avoid risks, disciplined investors understand the importance of calculated risk-taking, always with an eye on managing potential losses. By keeping your ultimate goals in focus, you can better determine what risks are worth taking.

The future is unpredictable, and relying on past performance as an indicator for future outcomes is unreliable. Past success does not ensure future gains.

Intuition vs. Information

Many of us think we have a special talent for picking winners in the investment world. But what's the real foundation of that supposed skill? Often, our investment decisions are heavily influenced by emotions that we might not even recognize.

Impulsive Investing

Jumping ship after a loss? Diving back in on a whim? This approach, often lacking in thorough research, is predominantly driven by impulse, leading to possible further losses. Sticking to your investment plan can help keep emotions in check and prevent rash decisions based on temporary market fluctuations.

Managing Emotional Investing

Big life events often prompt investors to reassess their portfolios, leading to second-guessing and adjustments to their long-term strategies. A financial professional can assist in maintaining focus on long-term goals, helping to avoid decisions based on fleeting emotions.

The Power of Pro Advice

The key to counteracting all emotion-driven decisions is consulting a trusted financial advisor who can objectively and pragmatically evaluate your long-term investment strategy with a cool head.

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Investment advisory services are offered through Guardian Wealth Management, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.