The Risk of Investing in “Smart Beta” Funds

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig cautions readers against blindly investing in popular “smart beta” funds. He notes that a recent Research Affiliates study suggests “their low risk in the past may lead to higher risk in the future.” These “smart beta” funds are “backed by research purporting to show [they] ha[ve] beaten […]

Emerging Markets: Lessons From History

Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal draws parallels between the 19th century emerging U.S. market and today’s emerging markets, especially China. “Emerging markets aren’t lucrative investments just because they are ’emerging,’” according to Zweig. From 1802 to 1870, stocks in the emerging U.S. market gained an average of 6.7% annually. Since 1926, the average […]

How Market Surprises can Impact your Thinking

Jason Zweig of the Wall Street Journal highlights the effects of surprises on investor psychology, drawing on neuroscience and historical events back to the 18th century. Robert Shiller of Yale says, “Metaphors and stories are important in investors’ thinking, and they can become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” noting that such stories are adjusted partly “by the […]