I was once an avid self-investor. I used to be the investment advisor for my colleagues. I was successful at it, till I compared my return with that of some mutual funds I bought on the side. It was a pleasant awakening; I was nowhere close to their performance. Then came 2008 when I watched my investments in Washington Mutual bank stocks disappear within few minutes, in front of my eyes!
It didn’t take it long to realize I was not a great expert in stock picking. Fund managers were far better. Since then all of my new investments have been either in Mutual Funds or in Exchange Traded Funds. Not only these two, there’s another kind of fund that is still out of my reach, for not having enough investible asset, the Hedge Funds.