The Average Investor is Terrible at Stock Picking

The Average Investor is Terrible at Stock Picking

Thanks to The Big Picture and Value Walk for bringing this chart to my attention that was included in a recent Seth Klarman note. Asset Class Returns vs the Average Investor   I’m not sure what most investors are doing with their investments, but it isn’t pretty.  In the above chart, it displays the annualized return over the past twenty years by asset class.  Farthest left is Energy which average just over 12% return per year for 20 years, and all the way to the right is Japan with a dismal 20 year return.  But look at where the Average Investor sits with a paltry 2.x% annual return over 20 years. I would like to see more on the specifics about how the data was collected and aggregated, but this is atrocious. The Average Investor has returned less annually than almost every other asset class shown, and the rate was just above inflation (depends on the inflation rate used).  The past twenty years have had a lot of ups and downs with the Internet bubble and then the Real Estate bubble causing the financial crisis deemed the Great Recession and so on.  I think many investors are emotional scarred, and…

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