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Seven Nonfinancial Books That Made Me a Better Financial Professional

Among the many things that my years in finance have taught me is that the more well-rounded you are, the better you are as a financial professional. Investing demands that you be a polymath — knowing a lot about many things (including nonfinancial topics) and how those things interconnect into an organic whole. In shaping my mind to be a better financial pro, here are some of the books that I read that changed how I perceive and understand the world.

Advice on How to Become a Research Analyst

A frequent question we receive at CFA Institute is, "What can I do to improve my chances of getting hired as a research analyst?" Beyond the obvious — become a CFA charterholder — there are a number of other steps that aspiring analysts may take in my opinion.

High-Stakes Decision Making: How Neuroscience Rescues Behavioral Finance

The University of Chicago’s Sian Beilock, author of "Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To," outlines solutions to three kinds of problems often encountered by investment practitioners and other high-stakes decision makers.

Is Too Much Stress Killing Your Portfolio?

For investment professionals, the subject of stress and how to effectively manage it is a perennial topic of interest. Recently, Frank Murtha of MarketPsych explained how to recognize and effectively manage your stressors, with a particular emphasis on self-management and effective client management during times of financial market instabilities.



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