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Are You an Investing Pigeon like Buffett?

How Human Behavior may Lead to a Persistent Edge for Value Investors

Many believe that there can be no permanent edge in investing because they believe that market forces will quickly eliminate any edge. That is, many believe that sophisticated investors will bid up prices in investment strategies that tend to outperform and bid down prices in strategies that tend to lag until the edge disappears.

For my first post on this blog, I will write about a persistent investing edge–value investing–and one reason why that edge may never disappear; that reason being human behavior, which rarely changes. We can thank Jason Zweig (Your Money and Your Brain) and James Montier (Behavioural Investing) for bringing to our attention the behavioral experiments described in this post.

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