Trading Treadmill

Trading Treadmill….avoid the hype
I ran across a recent press release this morning from Business Wire that announced some activity for Charles Schwab Corporation in August. I found it interesting that there was a large in-flow of new assets that came into Schwab about $62B and what I really found curious was the amount of trades that were taking place. Trades are up substantially in August about 57% in and 35% in July. Now what reasonable explanation can justify this amount of activity? Why is this happening? FEAR, FEAR, FEAR!

There’s no reason for the market to have the volatility that it has now outside of political uncertainty. Companies are profitable, dividends are good, lots have cash sitting on the sidelines until more clarity about the current state of government spending etc. So right now what we’re seeing is people squandering their retirement life savings away on trading and the fees that it creates. This is just one firm, imagine the hundreds and thousands of other firms that are experiencing this kind of trading volume. It saddens me to see this amount of trading happen because it costs the American public billions of dollars when they should just stay with the well diversified portfolio and hold it and rebalance and realize that investing it a long-term endeavor.

About Paul Nichols

Paul is the founder of Financial Abundance, a Registered Investor Advisory firm and EDI, an Estate Planning Firm with offices in State College and Lewisburg. He has been working with individuals, families and businesses for over twenty years, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has educated tens of thousands of people through seminars, workshops and various international speaking engagements where he shared the stage with many notable individuals such as Ronald Reagan, Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Mike Ditka, General Schwarzkopf, and Newt Gingrich to name a few.

In 2000, after many years of traveling to consult companies and individuals, Paul decided to relocate from Colorado to State College, PA (his wife’s hometown) to develop a local advisory firm.

Paul operates under the core belief that education plus understanding leads to clarity and confidence; resulting in peace of mind. He is a proud father of three and devoted husband of 20 plus years.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments:
Regular contributor to the Centre Daily Times, via the “It’s Your Money” blog
Featured in the movie Navigating the Fog of Investing
Regular contributor to Town & Gown as the publications Investor Coach
Host of the weekly iTunes Podcast, It’s Your Money
Member of the Western PA Better Business Bureau
Member of the Centre County Chamber of Business and Industry