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Nir Kaissar

Investors Fight Strange Winds

Sticking with a strategy is smart, but sticking with it isn't always so simple.
Photographer: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Here’s a delicious paradox: Despite easy access to mountains of financial data and vast computing power to process it, investing remains a stubbornly superstitious and emotional pursuit.

Perhaps that’s why the personal attribute that investors prize most -- more than smarts or diligence or trading savvy -- is discipline. Pick an investment philosophy, the saying goes, and stick to it. And if it makes sense, that’s even better.