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Are Your Investments Underperforming? This Could Be Why…

12882 Views | November 26, 2019

There are several reasons for an investment portfolio underperforming over time: poor stock selection, sub-optimal asset allocation decisions, mistimed trades, too much trading, investing based on a gut feeling, and so on. Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that an investors’ worst enemy – almost always – is himself or herself.

The field of behavioral finance is dedicated to understanding why and how investors themselves become the reasons for their investments underperforming. In this communication, we discuss one mistake that investors make – reacting to negative news – and its implications.

How to react to news – negative or positive

Changing your investment strategy based on negative news is a mistake; in fact, spontaneous and knee-jerk reactions to any news is a mistake. You will be greeted with tons of news each day. Responding to news updates without due thought and analysis (buying or selling stocks) will invariably lead to mistakes.

Let’s consider some recent news updates:

  • Vodafone Idea Posts Rs. 51,000 Crores Net Loss, the Highest Ever by an Indian Firm
  • Bharti Airtel Q2 net loss balloons to ?23,045 crore
  • Airtel, Voda-Idea report combined loss of ?73,000 cr
  • Tata Motors Posts Rs 27,000-Crore Loss on JLR Woes
  • New Whistleblower Complaint Accuses Infosys CEO of ‘Unethical Practices’
  • DHFL Crisis, IL&FS Crisis
  • YES Bank hits 6-yr low despite being 'on course' to raise growth capital
  • Slowdown in Auto sector
  • PSBs provision widen
  • Stocks approaching over-valued territory

Any of these news updates triggers worry and fear in investors’ minds making them sell their investments in haste. However, they could be disappointed if these stocks make positive price moves going forward.

Having said this, we are not implying that you should simply ignore news – whether negative or positive. What is critical is that you must objectively analyze news updates to arrive at a thoughtful conclusion before deciding whether to buy/buy more/sell partly/sell your entire holding/hold. Besides, revisit the reasons why you bought the stock in the first place to decide whether those reasons still hold true.

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