The title of this article is probably not what you think it is. I'm not introducing an amazingly effective brand-new investing style. We're not launching a Fool Insane Investing service. Quite the opposite, in fact.
I can see why you might've been confused. There's a lot of over-the-top language in the consumer world these days. My bank, for example, now offers "Extreme Checking" accounts. The Age of Understatement this is not.
"Insane Investing" is, rather, the many irrational and sometimes puzzling behaviors we investors often exhibit.
Investors gone mental
Our irrationality rears its ugly head in all kinds of areas. Don't know what I mean? Just consider a stinker in your portfolio. If you've lost $1,000 on one stock, chances are you're waiting for the price to go up again so that you can regain as much of that $1,000 as possible. That's not sensible, though. If you no longer have much confidence in the company -- putting the stock aside -- you'd be better off moving what's left of your money into another stock that you are confident about. (If you're a Delta Air Lines
We're also irrational during the stock-picking process -- and trust me, I'm no exception. I've bought on hunches and on very little research. I've bought mutual funds without examining fees or getting the skinny on the manager. And I've paid the price for my mistakes. I'm mostly reformed now -- but still not perfect.
I know now to perform my due diligence on any potential investment. Or -- if I don't have the time, expertise, or brainpower -- I seek investing ideas from people whose investing styles and track records I respect. So far, that's served me well.
You can do the same, if you're interested. The Internet has significantly leveled the playing field in favor of individual investors. Want to read up on SEC filings, management teams, expenses, and more? All you need is the Web and some free time.
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There's actually an entire academic field devoted to the concept of people making lousy economic choices. It's called behavioral economics, and it studies why people make less-than-optimal decisions even when they know better.
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