Why The Top 1% of Investors Outperform The 99%

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Mark Melin
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Even in investing, the elite 1 percent are far better off than average investors, a new study shows. In fact, the wealthiest 1 percent of investors did 1.3 times better than the ninety-nine percent of investors, and those who attended a top 20 school did 1.6 times better than those who attended less prestigious schools. The wealthiest 1 percent witnessed average portfolio returns of 5.8 percent compared to the average return of 4.3 percent, according to a study from SigFig released this morning, a large portfolio optimization platform used by brokerage firms such as Fidelity, Schwab and Ameritrade. Those educated at…


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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.