Faster and Faster

August 1998
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug1998, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p14
Academic Journal
This article presents evidences on the correlation between online trading and the risk of investors becoming market timers instead of long-term investors. A 1998 University of California-Davis study found that active investors turned over 80 percent of their portfolios in a year and did worse than those who buy and sold. A Wall Street Journal article stated that 69 percent of the shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange traded hands in 1997, compared with 46 percent in 1990. On the Nasdaq, 199 percent of the shares were traded--twice that of 1990. And Schwab saw a 60 percent increase in the number of trades in April 1998 compared with April 1997.


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