Category Archives for "Behavioral Finance"

Are You A Secret Market-Timer?

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Here’s something that you might not know. You might be a market-timer, even though you may not be aware of it. Market-timing gets a bad rap in the investment community. Most experts say that it’s nearly impossible to improve your results by jumping into and out of the market. Sure, anyone can get lucky and […]

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What Kind of Investor Are You?


Over the course of my 35 years as a trader, portfolio manager, and personal investing coach, I’ve worked with thousands of investors. I’ve trained them, advised them, and coached them. I’ve observed a few common traits that investors share, which allows me to categorize them into different investor types. What follows is a summary of […]

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Doing God’s Work as an Investment Advisor


Investment Advisors, fearing extinction, have turned to God to defend their purpose on earth I admit it. It irks me when I hear an investment advisor try to claim the moral or ethical high ground in order to buttress his or her argument for a “beat-the-market” strategy. Even when the sales pitch is obviously wrong […]

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Markets In Freefall After Brexit Vote

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As usual, global stock and currency markets are in freefall after the surprise Brexit vote. Should you sell your stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs? No. It’s too late for that. The S&P 500 futures are limit down as I write this (early Friday morning), and there’s no telling where the U.S. stock market will finally […]

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Let’s Be Honest About Market Predictions

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Whether you realize it or not, every investment decision you make today is based on a prediction about the future. If we reduce this idea down to its most basic form, it looks like this. When you buy a security, you are predicting that it will be worth more than you paid when you sell […]

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Smart Beta Just Got A Whole Lot Smarter

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The financial alchemists at ERI Scientific Beta are offering an innovative way to charge management fees: you only pay when their product delivers on its promise. The lure of so-called smart beta funds has always been the promise, whether stated explicitly or merely implied, that the people running them have a secret formula for beating […]

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Keynesian Beauty Contest

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The Keynesian Beauty Contest is a concept developed by John Maynard Keynes and introduced in Chapter 12 of his work, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936), to explain price fluctuations in the stock market. How It Works Keynes described the behavior of rational stock market investors, using an analogy based on a […]

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Reality Check: Are You As Competent As You Think You Are?


Daniel Kahneman coined a phrase for the human tendency to overestimate our level of competence in a range of activities – like driving, test-taking, and picking wining investments. He called it the “illusion of validity.” It’s a behavioral bias that afflicts us all, says Kahneman, who won the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics for his […]

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Be Aware Of The Emotional Pitfalls Of Investing


As an investor, one of the greatest tools you have at your disposal is your ability to map out your strategy. But that tool can often get in the way of making rational decisions, particularly when it comes to your life savings. Emotional pitfalls are everywhere. Emotions are powerful and whether we mean for them […]

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