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Posts Tagged: investor psychology

Everyone Is A Trader

Written by David Fabian, August 16th, 2017

The notorious website Zerohedge has a thought-provoking tagline that reads: “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.”  There’s plenty of truth to that sentiment and drives the philosophical underpinnings of their news and/or investment opinions.   I’m not promoting their outlook, but I will take my own thinking down a similar track and add that:

“On a long enough timeline, everyone is a trader.” Read more

There Are Two Ways To Beat The Market

Written by David Fabian, July 29th, 2017

Active investors are continually looking for innovative ways to beat the market.  They want to believe that some perfect combination of fundamental or technical indicators will lead to the holy grail of outperformance (otherwise known as alpha).

In the broadest sense, there are two ways to beat the market: on the upside or on the downside.  You either take more risk or less than the benchmark. Read more

Great Investment versus Great Timing

Written by David Fabian, June 05th, 2017

The investment universe is littered with articles touting the advantages of various funds or strategies.  I should know.  I have written for the last five years about the characteristics of ETFs and closed-end funds that we consider for our clients.  Some pass my rigorous test, while others are weeded out through careful analysis.

Throughout this time, I have realized it’s easy to compare two or three funds in a vertical category and dissect their merits.  Some will stand out based on costs, while others may promote index methodology, tax efficiency, or security selection as their primary benefits.  Read more

Investment Advisors Aren’t Worth The Money

Written by David Fabian, April 19th, 2017

I had a conversation with a prospective client the other day who called me inquiring as to what we do.  I gave him the typical run down that we are a fee-only investment advisor specializing in ETF portfolios.  In other words, we provide discretionary management of client accounts using low-cost investment tools.

His response {paraphrasing}: “Mr. Fabian, I know a CFO of a big publicly traded company.  He told me they did a big study about the use of investment advisors and that they aren’t worth the 1% fee.  That all you need to do is buy ETFs to reduce the drag of expenses on your portfolio.  What do you have to say to that?” Read more

Four Years Ago…

Written by David Fabian, March 15th, 2017

Four years ago, we set out to build something special.  The founding of FMD Capital Management became not only a professional achievement, but also the start of a journey to find a better way to manage money.

This week marks the fourth anniversary of our firm’s origin.  We started this company with the commitment to work harder than other investment advisors.  To be advocates for our client’s best interests and to share our knowledge in real-time.  It’s with great pride that we continue that same bedrock promise to this day. Read more