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Ep. 23 | Stocks: Rent or Own?

November 21, 2023

Over time, the average holding period for stocks has been shrinking. At the same time, the percentage of stocks owned by individual investors has been on the rise, and individual investors now own approximately 60% of all publicly traded equities. With an average holding period of less than six months, it seems that private investors are trading stocks rapidly in an effort to earn short-term profits. This can cause many shareholders to miss out on the positive, long-term, compounding effects of stock ownership over time.

In this episode, we sit down with John Crawford, IV, CFA, our Managing Director of Equity Investments, to discuss how today, many are effectively “renting” stocks in an attempt to create short-term trading gains, rather than owning equities for long-term total investment return. In addition to being available on our website, we are pleased that our podcasts are available on Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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