Practical analysis for investment professionals

Behavioral Finance


Do “Gray Rhinos” Pose a Greater Threat Than Black Swans?

"We don't pay enough attention to the big obvious problems that are in front of us," says Michele Wucker, the author who coined the term gray rhino. Investors should learn to identify four kinds of gray rhinos: charging, recurring, meta, and unidentified, she explains in an interview with Nathan Jaye, CFA. Each type can require different solutions.

Weekend Reads for Investors: On the Road Edition

Risk intelligence, the importance of meditation for investment pros, and dynamical dark energy are just some of the topics covered in this week's Weekend Reads for Investors, curated by Jason Voss, CFA.

Nobel Laureate Richard H. Thaler on the End of Behavioral Finance

Richard H. Thaler, the US economist who elevated the word “nudge” from transitive verb to political catchphrase, can now add “Nobel laureate” to his impressive biography. Lauren Foster discusses Thaler's contributions to the field of economics.

When Does Volatility Equal Risk?

The right question isn't whether volatility equals risk, says Gary Mishuris, CFA. Rather, the right question to ask is: When does volatility equal risk?

Top Five Articles from September: The Value Factor, Non-Retirement, Finance and Civilization

A defense of modern portfolio theory (MPT) by Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott; Nicolas Rabener's analysis of the value of factor investing; and an examination of the non-retirement phenomenon by Barbara Stewart, CFA, were among the leading posts from last month.

Weekend Reads from India: Bharat 22, ETFs, and Maginot Lines

Passive investing in India, us vs. them behavioral traps, and the dangers of market timing are among the topics covered in the latest Weekend Reads from India, curated by Shreenivas Kunte, CFA.

Raising Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) from the Dead

C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, have called for the demise of modern portfolio theory (MPT) and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). They say “financial markets should be viewed and analyzed using a behavioral lens.” Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott have a different opinion.

Artificial Intelligence: Fusing Technology and Human Judgment?

Can artificial intelligence (AI) arrange a perfect marriage of technology and human judgment?

Book Review: Empire of the Fund

William Birdthistle provides a witty description of mutual fund design and categorizes its imperfections entertainingly, offering more palatable alternatives. This slender volume is a welcome addition to the library of the professional and retail investor alike.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Highly Caffeinated Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, provides his choices for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features surprising facts about coffee consumption, global choke points in the food supply, graphics showing how cryptocurrencies are likely to affect finance, and more.



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