Deep Dive: These four fund managers’ secret to success: Don’t go with your gut on stocks

Are you the type of investor who goes with your gut or follows the herd? Or do you deliberate, considering a company from all angles — even trying to find the flaws in your own thinking?

Taking the extra time can help you improve the performance of your investments.

This recent article by Charlie Bilello provides plenty of food for thought, using two-year stock charts for McDonald’s Corp. MCD, -0.12% and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG, -5.43% as examples.

The two stocks have taken divergent paths in that span:


Hardly anybody predicted that Chipotle would suffer so badly — and for so long — from the food-safety problems that began in July 2015.

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