Patient Trading – DFA Video

We have discussed the many reasons on why we use the mutual fund company Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) for our clients and ourselves. (See this post for other reasons:  Why DFA) One of the hidden advantages is how they trade their portfolios both for their stock portfolios and bond (fixed income) portfolios.  They manage the portfolios with patience and this approach captures small incremental gains which result in a better investment performance for their various portfolios.

In this DFA video, they discuss how they buy and sell securities and how their approach allows for reduced transaction costs that all buyers and sellers pay as they transact with other participants.  These costs are known as transaction costs.  These costs are a drag on investment returns and generallyLove Yellow unknown by investors.

Studies of individual and institutional investors in the U.S. and elsewhere have found that those who trade the least earn the most.  One reason for this difference is the result of these transaction costs and also less taxes due.  In addition, people have the tendency, when they trade more often, of getting caught up in what is hot at the moment and buying it just before it cools off and vice versa.

Brokerage houses run TV commercials highlighting the speed of their systems to handle individuals trading needs.  This is counter to the best practices for most individuals.  The ability to invest on a longer horizon than most people will be the key.  Focusing on the long term goals will help individuals reduce the tendency to over trade their portfolio regardless of the speed of the transactions.  This behavior modification is one of key benefits that we supply our clients.

In the video, they highlight what occurs when someone enters a car dealer to purchase a car.  If the purchaser has specific requirements (color,  specific options needed) as well as an urgency to buy, the dealer will charge a higher price to accommodate the buyer.  If someone else is open to different potential options (color, add-ons) and can be flexible when the car is delivered, this purchaser is able to take advantage of a lower price.

Same goes for the buying and selling of securities: bonds and stocks.  Click below to watch this 3 minute video.

Patient Securities Trading

The stock market serves as a relocation center at which money is moved from the active to the patient.

Warren Buffet

The foregoing content reflects the opinions of Crimmins Wealth Management and is subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that the statements, opinions or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance may not be indicative of future results. All investing involves risk, including the potential for loss of principal. There is no guarantee that any investment plan or strategy will be successful.

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Dan Crimmins, co-founder of Crimmins Wealth Management, is a financial coach and fee only financial planner. Have a financial question? ASK DAN


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