Volatility and Emotions

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This is part of a client letter I wrote when running MurphyMorris Money Management about 20 years ago.  The message is the same today.  Market volatility has an emotional cost.  It causes investors to make irrational decisions that are usually based on either fear or greed.  Volatility also carries a steeper financial cost than most realize.  Consider the two investments in Table A below.  The one on the left (Boring Investment) is a dull, boring, plodding investment.  It never hits a home run, but never strikes out either.  The investment on the right (Exciting Investment) has lots of sizzle and excitement.  It takes your breath away in both directions.

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