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What Does Loss Aversion Mean for Investors? Not Much

Loss aversion may not influence investment decision making as much as we think, says David Gal.

How Meditators Can Overcome Behavioral Finance Biases

While behavioral finance identifies and describes cognitive errors, it provides few remedies. But, meditation may provide the answer.

Weekend Reads for Investors: The Super Bowl Indicator

This weekend approximately half of US households will be watching the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks compete in the 48th edition of the National Football League’s Super Bowl. It is typically a time when stock market observers cast seriousness aside and consider what the game’s outcome will mean for equity prices by examining the Super Bowl Indicator. First proposed in 1978, this theory holds that stocks will rise in the coming year if an original NFL franchise wins, but will fall if an old AFL team wins.

Best of 2013: Know Yourself (and How You Make Decisions)

As I looked back over a year of tweets and blog posts, one theme was perennial: we cannot escape ourselves. What do I mean by that? Behavioral biases inform our investment decisions, regardless of gender, season, or geography.



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