Behavioral Finance

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Book Review: Brandes on Value

Brandes on Value: The Independent Investor

Well-known value investor Charles H. Brandes, CFA, presents excellent long-term insights into the field of value investing. Examining a broad array of topics that have evolved since his earlier book, Brandes’s basic advice on value investing remains the same: buy cheap with a margin of safety, avoid the herd, and think long term. Read more

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Book Review: How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio

The author draws on his own investing experience to deliver a tongue-in-cheek guide on how to avoid common financial mistakes. Seasoned professionals and novice investors alike will laugh their way through the book’s lessons because the author possesses a brimming wit and a lifetime of collected wisdom, often gained through the same mistakes he cautions readers against. Read more

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The Herding Mentality: Behavioral Finance and Investor Biases

Like a medicine, prospect theory has been prescribed by many as an essential panacea for most if not all investment practitioners. Yet, heuristics — mental shortcuts — and other biases continue to affect some of our professional choices leading us to make mistakes. For a gifted few in the industry, biases are a source of alpha. But for many others biases impose a cost — a price paid for irrationalities. Read more

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