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INVESTOR HAPPINESS: UP WHEN DOWN, DOWN WHEN UP?
4/11/2014

According to the CFA Institute's David L. Allison, for many investors, the biggest challenge of success is keeping quiet about it. With the bull market recently celebrating its five-year anniversary, you probably know someone who is gloating over the investment gains they experienced by speculating in some dark corner of the stock market. As a study published in January titled "Investor Happiness" suggests, extreme stock market outcomes can make investors react to their portfolio returns in unanticipated ways. The study showed that in extreme up markets, investors unexpectedly found higher portfolio returns disappointing, whereas in extreme down markets, investors unexpectedly found lower portfolio returns acceptable. These findings support the notion that relative returns (your investment returns relative to your peers or the market) likely play an underestimated role in how satisfied you are with the progress of your investments... HIGHLIGHTED EVENT: Are you a new investor with limited knowledge about options? Attend an Options Industry Council (OIC) Investor Education Seminar
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The Options Industry Council (OIC) was created in 1992 as an industry cooperative to increase the understanding of exchange-listed options and promote their responsible use among individual investors, their financial advisors and institutional investors. OIC offerings include live seminars, a comprehensive website with trading tools and online classes, newsletters and brochures and a free Help Desk staffed by options professionals. Today, its sponsors include the U.S. Options Exchanges and The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC).



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