Rules of the Game: Using What Works

I've been writing lately about the folly of trying to "beat the market." While many investors understand the underpinnings of the Efficient Market Hypothesis, others continue to have unrealistic expectations of how their portfolios should perform.

Sometimes when I talk to people who are vaguely dissatisfied with their portfolios -- even though their investments are showing gains -- they imply that they want more. How much more? They usually can't say. They know it's ridiculous to say, "I want my money to double in six months!" (Though the peddlers of trading systems will never disabuse anyone of such a notion.)...413 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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