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Top links: Average investor’s returns ‘shockingly terrible’

A roundup of what The Globe and Mail's market strategist Scott Barlow is reading this morning on the World Wide Web.

Richard Bernstein Advisors measured the performance of the average retail investor over the past 20 years and the results are shockingly awful. According to the data, the average investor generated returns that were not just below the U.S. equity market, but well below the ten year bond and even below three month Treasury bills. It’s been so bad, even adopting Marketwatch’s tongue-in-cheek method of consulting palm readers for stock tips could be an improvement.