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ASU study: Childhood influences investments as adult

PHOENIX — A new study said a person’s childhood economic status influences
his or her investment strategies as an adult.

The study by Arizona State University researchers found that people from
low-income backgrounds are more likely to diversify their financial strategies
in the hopes that at least one option will work out. The study found
diversification was the best strategy for people in unstable environments.

By contrast, people from wealthy backgrounds tend to concentrate their
resources. For them, putting all their eggs in the same stable basket is the
best approach.

Researchers said the findings show gut instincts are shaped by evolutionary


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