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  • Current market conditions from the Behavioral, Economic, Valuation, and Technical perspectives

Return of the Active Manager

How to apply behavioral finance to renew and improve investment management.

Emotional behavior and biases run throughout financial markets. The is the diagnosis of behavioral finance.

But it is not enough to know that investors make biased decisions. What do we do about it? How do we move beyond diagnosis, to prescription?

By C. Thomas Howard, PhD and Jason Apollo Voss, CFA

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Long-Term is Longer Than You Think

Investment time horizon is a critical concept in building wealth. Most investors have very long investment time horizons, typically decades or more. Investment managers also require long time horizons to deliver on their investment thesis. Finally, stock market volatility diminishes substantially over time, with a 75% decrease in variability for 10 years versus one year. As a result, developing patience and a long-term perspective are key to building wealth. We are living longer and need to invest appropriately. Even at age 70, the investment time horizon is more than 20 years.

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The Power of Planning

Planning is a powerful tool to help investors succeed and achieve better outcomes. The table below highlights the benefits of planning taken from a study on retirement planning among Americans over age 50. The results show that having and sticking to a plan results in three times the net worth when compared to those who don’t have a plan.

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Looking Past the Headlines

We are experiencing a new peak in the rhetoric around trade, geo-politics, the economy and the business cycle. We have also seen increased market volatility. It can be hard to know when to be concerned and when to tune out the noise. Having a consistent framework for viewing markets with a long-term perspective can be a valuable tool to help avoid costly behavioral mistakes. While there may be a heightened sense of fear in the headlines, based on our Market View, there is no reason to sound the alarm.

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Applying Behavioral Finance Webinar On Demand Resources

New York Times Best Selling Author Daniel Crosby PhD, Chief Behavioral Officer of Brinker Capital and C. Thomas Howard PhD, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of AthenaInvest joined us for a discussion on the application of behavioral finance. In this one hour replay, we explored how psychological factors influence decision making and how behavioral finance is changing the art and science of investment management.

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