Posts filed under “Apprenticed Investor”

Another look: A short-term trader won’t beat long-term investor

 

My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we revisit the advantages the long term passive indexer has versus short term active traders.

The print version had the full headline The trader can narrow the gap but won’t win, while online, it was called No matter what, the long-term investor comes out ahead of the short-term trader.

Many of you wrote in to point out some errors I made that disadvantaged the trader. In this week’s column, I took reader’s suggestions about taxes and dividends. I made the appropriate adjustments in the trader’s favor:

“Last time, we looked at why traders are at an almost insurmountable disadvantage against investors due to short-term capital gains taxes. Many of you wrote in to note several factors that would have allowed the active trader to narrow the gap against the long-term investor. A few of you asked how likely it was that a trader would outperform by that margin year after year. This week, I want to review those issues readers raised, looking to see how they affected our competition between the long-term indexer and the short-term trader.

Spoiler alert: The issues to which I gave short shrift did improve the performance of the trader, but not nearly enough to narrow the gap between the two. Let’s look at the details”

The takeaway is that short term trader’s have a remarkable bogey to over come: The much higher rate they pay for capital taxes.

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Source:
No matter what, the long-term investor comes out ahead of the short-term trader
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, August 10 2014  
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/no-matter-what-the-long-term-investor-comes-out-ahead-of-the-short-term-trader/2014/08/07/aad83bce-1e64-11e4-ab7b-696c295ddfd1_story.html

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Trading

What if You Were the World’s Greatest Trader® ?

So you’re the world’s greatest trader®? Taxes will fix that. Barry Ritholtz Washington Post, July 27 2014     Imagine the following: You, the investor, believe you have an uncanny skill at picking stocks. You set up an online trading account and begin to buy and sell. As it turns out, you are quite good….Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Taxes and Policy

Worst Investment Ideas of 2014 (so far)

    My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at the worst investing ideas of the year. The print version had the full headline Where dumb money goes; the online version is the worst investing ideas this year. Here’s an excerpt from the column: “Here is the first half of…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Really, really bad calls

How to build your own financial dream team

Curate your personal investment resources Barry Ritholtz Washington Post, June, 15, 2014   One question I get all the time from investors is “How do you sift through all of the news, data and media?” thrown at investors each day. I use some time-saving methods to quickly plow through a huge volume of material. If…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing

Curate Your Personal Investment Resources

> My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at how to build a personal online research team. The print version had the full headline How to build your own financial dream team, while the online version when with Curate your personal investment resources. The goal here is to take advantage…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor

Congratulations, You Were Drafted. Prepare To Go Broke.

Professional athletes need to learn to keep their finances in good shape Barry Ritholtz, Washington Post, May 30, 2014     Michael Sam made sports history when the St. Louis Rams made him the first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League. If he is smart, he can join another elite…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Sports

Congratulations, you were drafted! Prepare to go broke.

>   My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column is out. This morning, we look at how often pro athletes manage to go financially bust. The print version had the headline Congratulations, you were drafted! Prepare to go broke!, while the online version is merely Professional athletes need to learn to keep their finances in good…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Foreclosures, Investing, Really, really bad calls

Smart Investing is Reality-Based

Robert P. Seawright is the Chief Investment & Information Officer for Madison Avenue Securities, a boutique broker-dealer and investment advisory firm headquartered in San Diego, California. Bob is also a columnist for Research magazine, a Contributing Editor at Portfolioist as well as a contributor to the Financial Times, The Big Picture, The Wall Street Journal’s…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing

My Unusual Career Path in Finance

I have been working in finance for two decades. Along with achieving whatever success and (internet) fame comes regular inquiries from the young’uns seeking advice on how to break into the field. On occasion, I have shared whatever small insights I might have with them. Along those lines, Tom Brakke of the blog The Research…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Markets, Philosophy

What ‘This Time It’s Different’ Really Means

Investors must recognize what ‘this time it’s different’ really means Barry Ritholtz, Washington Post May 18, 2014     “The four most expensive words in investing are: ‘This time it’s different.’” So said Sir John Templeton, the legendary investor and mutual fund pioneer. The phrase contains tremendous wisdom, but only if you truly understand what…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Investing, Psychology