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How to Be the Perfect Copycat Investor [Video]

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Copycat investing, as the name implies, refers to the strategy of replicating the investment ideas of famous investors or investment managers. The strategy is also known as coattail investing since the investor rides on the coattails of those who presumably have much more investment prowess.

But is copycat investing a viable investment strategy? While the evidence about its success is somewhat mixed, there are certain techniques you can use to increase your chances of becoming the perfect copycat investor.

The long-term success of legendary investor Warren Buffett has attracted a host of copycats over the years, and that could be because replicating Buffett’s strategy has made people money.

According to a 2008 study by Gerald Martin and John Puthenpurackal, a hypothetical portfolio that invested in Berkshire Hathaway’s investments a month after they were publicly disclosed would have outperformed the S&P 500 by an annual average of 10.75% from 1976 to 2006.

But before you rush off to check Buffett’s current …

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