Investors Confess Their Mistakes

February 2005
Journal of Financial Planning;Feb2005, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p20
Academic Journal
This article presents the findings of a study commissioned for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers regarding the mistakes committed by investors in the U.S. in February 2005. Interviewing households with at least $75,000 in investment assets and annual household income of at least $75,000 (retirees excepted), the survey found that: 46% said their biggest mistake was waiting too long to invest, and 25% said waiting too long was their most painful mistake; 41% said they held on to a losing investment too long; 36% said they waited too long to sell a winning investment; 36% said they didn't invest enough; 33% said they allocated too much of their portfolio to a single stock or investment.


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