Key points:

  • A surge in financial information and opinion combined with our inclination to focus on negative news risks making us worse investors; more fearful, more jittery, more reactive, less reflective and more short term. This is potentially harmful to our long-term financial health.
  • Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor are; put the latest worries in context, recognise shares return more than cash in the long term because they can lose money in the short term, find a process to help filter noise, don’t check your investments so much, look for opportunities that worries throw up.

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