Trading 401(k) Investments

July 27, 2012 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

The Wall Street Journal has an article entitled “Stupid Investing Tricks” regarding investment behavior of 401(k) participants by Jason Zweig.  Located at http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2012/07/24/stupid-investing-tricks/?KEYWORDS=401%28k%29,the article discusses how participants often make decisions regarding changing investments based on recent performance rather than more long-term performance.  The author even notes that some of the participants in the study were influenced just by the poor performance on the day they placed the trade.  The question is whether greater awareness of this propensity on the participant’s part may help encourage them to be more willing to take a longer view when holding investments.

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