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26 May, 2017

The Perfect Storm of Picking Stocks

If you're a regular reader of financial matters, you will have seen the term 'perfect storm' used as an analogy for when factors combine against you to derail plans completely.  In recent times these events seem to have happened more regularly, and a key feature of them is their unpredictability ahead of time, but often complete obviousness with the benefit of hindsight. 

Of course 20:20 hindsight is useful, as we can learn from why our plans went wrong, but if your financial future depends on it then there may be trouble ahead. 

Here Jim Parker, Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisers talks about a literal storm that led to a 'perfect storm' for certain stocks, and why relying on an ability to predict the future is not a recipe for guaranteed, reliable, repeatable success.

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by John Stirling


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