In many areas of life, intense activity and constant monitoring of results represent the path to success.   In investment, that approach gets turned on its head.  The Chinese philosophy of Taoism has a word for it: “wuwei.” It literally means “non-doing.” In other words, the busier we are with our long-term investments and the more we tinker, the less likely we are to get good results.  That doesn’t mean, by the way, that we should do nothing whatsoever. But it does mean that the culture of “busyness” and chasing returns promoted by much of the financial services industry and media can work against our interests.  Investment is one area where constant activity and a sense of control are not well correlated. …

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