Investors can learn from moneyball…

Moneyball is one my favourite movies. It stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s. Faced with a tight budget, he must find ways of outsmarting richer clubs. The answer….?Data.

I once heard a great quote – ‘data never lies’. And that sums up Moneyball. It’s ultimately about logic overcoming emotion. Beane recruits bargain bin players other clubs believe are flawed but have stats that signal their true potential.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen the film I won’t give away the whole story, but needless to say using data proves to be a winning strategy.

When it comes to investing money – in pensions or elsewhere – we should all take lessons from this approach. Look at the data and what does it tell you? Acting on a hunch or intuition and trying to second guess the market can get investors into a lot of trouble.

The answer of course, as Beane found, is to study the data and make logical, unemotional decisions, taking a long term view rather than reacting to short term events. This is far less risky and can have very satisfying results.

By the way, whether you’re interested in data and investing or not, I’d highly recommend you watch the Moneyball movie. It’s very intelligent, constantly exciting and inspiring.

The route to success is actually quite easy to find… simply by choosing an adviser that has long term investment strategies and low fees.

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