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Opinion: How can you avoid choking as an investor? Plan for the moment the pressure is on you

Managing your money effectively requires managing the root causes of pressure: uncertainty and lack of perspective

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When it comes to investing, how we navigate a handful of periods of extreme volatility can make or break our success over decades. And yet, the pressure of these moments often leads us to make rash decisions that we regret later—selling when we should hold or buying when we should stay on the sidelines. In sport, they call this choking.

If we want to avoid choking and make better decisions under pressure, we need to have a plan in place to manage the root causes of pressure: uncertainty and importance.

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