The stock market is a great brawl in which minds with opposing views battle over whether prices will go up or down. Unfortunately, investors are often their biggest foe in this arena because our brains have biological mechanisms to screw us up.
Here are five reasons the self-sabotaging brain does this.
***Originally published in the July 2011 edition of NAAIM’s “The Active Manager” By Scott Freeze. Best Execution is a very difficult metric to measure since it is such a subjective benchmark. In a “thinner” ETF with a wide spread, such as MNA (IndexIQ Merger Arbitrage), you have a 20 cent spread and very low volume. If you buy on the offer, or sell at the bid, this would be construed as “best execution”, but a position bid (where your broker fills you on the whole […]