Rational Investing, Irrational Behavior, and Media Conflict of Interest

February 2005
Journal of Financial Planning;Feb2005, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p16
Academic Journal
This section addresses the impact of personal finance magazines on the relationship between financial planners and their clients. Bob Foland of IRA Specialists in Englewood, Colorado, says he reads the personal finance magazines his clients might read so that he's aware of the messages they're being bombarded with. Foland says that he's confident there is an inherent conflict of interest in all media--the pull of selling newspapers works against the pull of accurate reporting. The market was not as good as it was reported in the late 1990s, nor as bad as it was reported in the early 2000s. He claims his job is to temper the impact of the financial press on his client's thinking.


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