Jason Zweig

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A study of Brazilian day traders found 97 per cent lost money and only 1.1 per cent earned more than Brazil’s minimum wage. Photograph: iStock

In Jason Zweig’s Devil’s Financial Dictionary, risk-averse is defined as “not willing to take more risk – yet. When assets double or triple in price, (...)

Warren Buffett began investing at the age of 10; if he had waited until he was 30, an analyst noted, his fortune would be 97.6 per cent less than it is today. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Warren Buffett has turned 90, prompting no shortage of articles regarding what investors can learn from his legendary investing career. One of the mos(...)

A trader on the trading floor of  the New York Stock Exchange. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Ordinary investors are generally seen as the “dumb money” – panicky, emotion-driven souls who buy in the good times only to bail out in the bad times(...)

“Market forecasts are particularly tricky. No one can see the future – the world is inherently uncertain and surprising things will happen.” Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

“Forecasting: the attempt to predict the unknowable by measuring the irrelevant; this task employs most people on Wall Street.” The words of Jason Zw(...)

Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen  plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, in  2015. “When a company runs afoul of the social consensus . . . investors have an opportunity.” Photograph:  Peter Steffen

Warren Buffett famously advised investors to be greedy when others are fearful, but new research suggests it may be equally profitable to be calm when(...)

Are you “susceptible”, “infected” or “immune” to Bitcoin? Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Buy Russia. That’s according to GMO, the value investing firm headed by iconic investor Jeremy Grantham. Russian stocks were slaughtered last week, pl(...)

One study found the average Nasdaq investor underperformed the index by 5.3 percentage points annually over a 30-year period. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

The recent stock market volatility has reminded people that investing can be an unnerving business. At times like this, there is a danger that anxious(...)

Netflix has become the latest company to enjoy a market capitalisation in excess of $100 billion. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It’s official – this is the easiest stock market in history. Investing is meant to be a nerve-busting business, with stocks typically enduring unple(...)

Richard Thaler, the father of behavioural finance. Once a niche field, behavioural economics is decidedly mainstream these days. Photograph:  Tannen Maury/EPA

Investors can learn a lot from the work of Richard Thaler, the father of behavioural finance, who was last week awarded a Nobel Prize in economics for(...)

Netflix, Amazon, Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs, among other high-profile stocks, have suffered double-digit drops lately

Stock markets may be not too far away from all-time highs, but some high-profile stocks –Amazon, Netflix, Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs, among others (...)

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