Investing In The Fear Factor

September 24, 2010  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Anyone who thought that stock market investing was an emotionless business has been comprehensively and painfully disabused of that notion over the past ten years.

MetLife Europe recently dubbed the Noughties a ‘lost decade’ for investors in which they, for example, have seen annualized returns of just 0.5% a year from direct investment in the FTSE 100, the UK’s index of leading shares. The reason for such flat returns is volatility – huge price gyrations – which has eroded total returns, according to analysis undertaken by MetLife Europe.

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