The Difference Between Knowing and Doing
Theres a significant disconnect between what investors say is the right approach and how they invest in reality. Many funds claim to be long-term, but the average holding period for the average stock mutual fund is only 10 months. Part of the reason for this dissonance is the incentive for fund managers to invest a particular way to attract institutions, who often want low variances to market movements, not necessarily maximum returns. The desire to collect assets can cause a divergence of interests between fund shareholders and fund managers.