Mutual Funds Weekly: What you don’t know about sleep can save you money

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When Benjamin Franklin said that early to bed and early to rise can make you wealthy (and wise and healthy), he wasn’t kidding. Research shows that sleep-deprived people are more likely to have less-diverse investment portfolios than those who sleep longer.

Diversification, of course, dampens investment risk and portfolio volatility, offering stock investors a relatively smoother ride down Wall Street. Diversification also means forfeiting some short-term upside, but most investors aren’t market-timers, and a slow and steady, diversified investing approach has its own upside: namely, less worry.

In fact, investing and sleep-deprivation looks to be a vicious cycle: Investors don’t get enough sleep, make riskier investment decisions, then lose sleep worrying about their money. So get enough sleep and give yourself a better chance to build an investment portfolio that lets you rest easier.

— Jonathan Burton

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