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How to Overcome Recency Bias in Investing: Strategies for Long-Term Success

As a Certified Financial Planner Professional serving Indian professionals across various sectors, including salaried individuals, businessmen, and retirees, I often encounter a common behavioral tendency known as recency bias, particularly prevalent in the realm of investing. Much like the urge to constantly shift lanes while driving, driven by the illusion of progress, recency bias in investing compels individuals to make decisions based on recent market performance or returns.

Imagine driving on a busy road, constantly swerving between lanes in pursuit of the seemingly faster-moving traffic, only to find yourself stuck in congestion once again. Similarly, investors succumb to the temptation of chasing recent winners in the market, only to find themselves lagging behind when trends inevitably shift.

The danger of recency bias lies in its potential to derail long-term investment strategies in favor of short-term gains or losses. Instead of constantly shifting our mutual fund investments based on recent market movements, it’s imperative to adopt a more disciplined and strategic approach.

One effective strategy to counter recency bias is diversification. By spreading investments across various asset classes, sectors, and geographical regions, investors can mitigate the impact of short-term market fluctuations and enjoy more stable portfolio returns over time.

Diversification not only helps to reduce risk but also ensures that investors remain focused on their long-term financial goals, rather than being swayed by temporary market trends. Just as staying in one lane and maintaining a steady pace leads to a smoother and safer journey on the road, staying committed to a diversified investment strategy enables investors to navigate the ups and downs of the market with confidence and resilience.

As a Certified Financial Planner Professional, my mission is to empower individuals to make informed and rational investment decisions that align with their long-term financial objectives. By recognizing and addressing behavioral biases such as recency bias, we can cultivate disciplined investment habits and build wealth steadily over time. So, let’s resist the urge to constantly shift lanes in our investment journey and instead focus on diversifying our investments to enjoy sustained portfolio returns and financial success in the long run.


The author of this article is Taresh Bhatia, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER PRO who has authored an Amazon best seller-“The Richness Principles”. He can be reached at  taresh@tareshbhatia.com

©️2024: All Rights Reserved. Taresh Bhatia



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