Posts Tagged ‘mutual fund’

“Research firm Dalbar publishes an annual study on investor behavior called the Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior (“QAIB”).  Every year since 1994, the QAIB has compared stock market returns over the previous decades with returns earned by real investors.  The result is always the same: The market beats the investor.

For the 30 years ended December 31, 2015, the S&P 500 returned 10.4% per year, on average.  Equity mutual fund investors earned an average return of just 3.7% per year.

To make plenty of money in stocks, you must behave better than the vast herd of investors.  A single behavior – refusing to sell at market bottoms – would have multiplied profits nearly tenfold.” -Dan Ferris

Perhaps others are unaware, as was I, that after the initial public offering (IPO) of a company, that company receives no capital benefits from the trading that occurs on Wall Street.  Wall Street is basically a “financial product” used to help generate profit for these entities, in which they provide a “return” to the investor (or stock purchaser).  Mutual Funds are one such financial product.

“Actual wealth, or capital, is transferred to a corporation at the time of the initial public offering of the stock, or IPO.  This, however, is a one-time event.  For all the daily trading these exchanges perform, they provide no capital whatsoever for American industry.” -L. Carlos Lara     LMR     May 2013