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Carrick on money: My brain is a lame investor

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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

My brain is a lame investor
Seven examples of how the increasingly influential field of behavioural finance explains why people undermine their investing results with bad decisions.

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A discussion of how to evaluate the downside risk in a mutual fund, an exercise that advisers and investors too often neglect.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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