Falling in Love

“We can’t sell that stock! I love that stock!”

How many times have I heard these words? More than I care to remember. Whether it’s a stock, or a house, or something else, people have a tendency to get overly attached to things that they own.

Maybe it’s our tendency to personalize everything. Or maybe we just get greedy. Whatever the reason, many investors hang onto their purchases long after there’s any economic reason to do so. How else can we explain mutual funds that charge 3% in fees sticking around for years and years?

When it comes to managing money, emotions are your enemy. While you need to care deeply about what you’re doing, any stock won’t know that you own it. Whatever it is in your life you’re attracted to, you should never fall in love with anything that doesn’t love you back.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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