Investment Madness: How Psychology Affects Your by John R. Nofsinger

By John R. Nofsinger

Why'd you fall for that net inventory? Why do you usually appear to purchase excessive and promote low? Why does it appear like everybody else is getting wealthy yet you? As an investor, your feelings are your largest hindrances -- slicing your returns, and elevating your dangers. Drawing at the new technological know-how of behavioral finance, funding insanity will enable you to take keep watch over of your feelings -- and maximize your gains. Nofsinger indicates tips on how to take into consideration your investments extra sincerely, with no the overconfidence that leads many traders to take too many dangers, and decrease their returns. you will achieve perception into how your self-image affects your funding judgements, and the way to acknowledge while satisfaction or warding off emotions of remorse are fighting you from taking acceptable motion. become aware of the right way to position your contemporary funding reports -- strong and undesirable -- in sensible standpoint. the way to keep away from the human tendency to stick with simply the monetary tools you are already ok with. ultimately, know the way the human mind handles funding stories -- and the way what you take into account won't regularly be what occurred. for each investor, novice alike.

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Reading this chapter is a good start. However, you should re-examine the investments in your portfolio. ” If your answer is no, then you are definitely suffering from an endowment or status quo bias. You need to make a change. Making a change is hard. If it weren’t, you wouldn’t have a status quo bias. One factor that makes change difficult is your desire to INVESTMENT MADNESS: How psychology affects your investing…and what to do about it 41 make the right decision. In fact, you may fear making the wrong decision so much that you fail to make any decision.

These investors chose to follow Iomega postings. ■ Outcome sequence. Most of these true believers experienced a doubling of the stock price during the last half of 1995. ■ Task familiarity. The more time the true believers spent exchanging opinions on the bulletin board, the more familiar they became with the company. ■ Active involvement. By reading messages and responding to board postings, Iomega supporters felt they were actively involved in the dissemination of information. By the end of the year 2000, there were over 59,000 messages posted!

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