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In a recent AAII Journal blog post, Charles Rotblut offers his thoughts regarding the influence of perception on an investor’s urge to trade. Consider this scenario: investors are presented with two market environments. In the first, the S&P 500 has risen nearly 10% and is holding onto its gain heading into what should be a good earnings season. In the second, the S&P 500 has not only pulled back, but also closed below its 50-day moving average for the first time in six months. Which market environment would an investor prefer to invest in? If the first one sounds more enticing, or at least more comforting, than the second one, you’re not alone. We humans do not like losing money, much less incurring an identifiable risk of losing money. But what’s more interesting is that the two scenarios both accurately described the S&P 500 on a given day. The only difference is how they were framed; how they described the current market environment ... HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: DASH for the STASH! New national contest for IRA contribution prizes via the Investor Protection Institute ...

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