Today we live in a world that caters to instant gratification; where people receive a reward or good feeling almost immediately. As a society, we tend to live on our computers, smart phones and even smart watches, receiving an ever-growing amount of information; solicited and unsolicited that can make us feel good, even motivated and more confident.
Sometimes this need for immediacy is justified as not only time saving but as providing access to more information in a timely manner leading to better decision making – just ask Siri. However, while the need for ‘now’ may be instinctive, it can create a predisposition to short-term thinking focusing on the immediate benefits of the ‘a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush’ analogy.
As we know, for one analogy, there is often the alternative and when it comes to investing and managing an SMSF, it may be the tortoise and hare, where ‘slow and steady wins the (long-term) investing race’. You may recall we looked at compounding in an earlier article where we included a simple example of the benefits of starting early and sticking to it.
Let’s take a look at some of the potential downside of a bias to the ‘now’ when it comes to investing and how this bias may be overcome.
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Ian Irvine - Guest Contributor
Ian has been a keen investor for over 40 years and can draw on his experiences from both investing on his own behalf and also having worked in financial services for more than 30 years. Over this time, he has seen many changes that impact investors’ attitudes to in what and how they invest.
He started his career in what is now referred to as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) or grocery, working for an Australian margarine manufacturer. In 1986, he was recruited to Westpac around the time of deregulation of the sector, where he spent 10 years before taking a role at AMP and then with ASX for 14 years up to the end of 2017. He continues to be involved with ASX; working on their educational programs.
In 1996, he and his wife established their own SMSF and again the experience and lessons learned regarding managing an SMSF over the years have provided him with many insights and ideas. He enjoys sharing these with others where these are helpful and always suggest that if an investor or SMSF trustee is unsure, that they should seek appropriate advice from a licenced professional.
Ian holds a B. Com (UNSW), and lives in Sydney and enjoys travelling to and meeting investors and SMSF trustee at the educational events with which he has involvement with from time to time.