Have you ever gotten caught up measuring and evaluating multiple sides to an argument or question and found yourself more confused than when you started? It can happen in just about any setting and under just about any context, and I believe that none of us are immune to it, to one extent or another. I guess that in some situations that might be a good thing, because sometimes the best action to take could be no action, but when it comes to investing, I find it to be a real hindrance.
I learned to think of this phenomenon as analysis paralysis, because when it happens to me I get so caught up in weighing pros and cons, or looking for that one little piece of information that will make my decision obvious that I never actually make a decision; I feel like I can’t do anything until I have put all of the pieces of a puzzle into their proper place. More →