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Is Your Personality Impacting Your Portfolio?

Research suggests certain personality traits can influence a range of investment decisions and outcomes.

Ashley Redmond 19.01.2015

If you invest regularly you've probably made investment mistakes. Maybe you sold a winning stock too early or held on to a losing stock too long. Mistakes are common in investing, and here at Morningstar we've worked hard to help you avoid them. However, there are mistakes that seem to haunt all of us, the ones where we went against our advisor or followed our gut to no avail.

Mark Smeez, 33, from Hamilton, Ont., knows this all too well. He says that during the 2008 crash he sold all of his stocks and mutual funds. "I didn't have an advisor, but I did have assistance from someone in the financial industry and they told me that the storm would pass."

The confidant told Smeez to hold on to his assets. Unfortunately, he did the opposite and lost about $7,500 in the process. "I don't know why I didn't listen. I was worried and I was afraid of losing money."

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Ashley Redmond  Ashley Redmond is an associate Editor with Morningstar Canada 

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