ISBN : 9780190868734
We are taught not to throw good money after bad or to cry over spilt milk. Yet we do both, otherwise we would not be taught not to. People often make choices based on what has been lost rather than what can be gained. Such choices are particularly costly in the world of finance.
Behavioral Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides an overview of common shortcuts and mistakes people make in managing their finances. It covers the common cognitive biases or errors that occur when people are collecting, processing, and interpreting information. These include emotional biases and the influence of social factors, from culture to the behavior of one's peers. These effects vary during one's life, reflecting differences in due to age, experience, and gender.
Among the questions to be addressed are: How did the financial crisis of 2007-2008 spur understanding human behavior? What are market anomalies and how do they relate to behavioral biases? What role does overconfidence play in financial decision- making? And how does getting older affect risk tolerance?
Chapter 1. Foundations and Psychological Concepts
Chapter 2. Cognitive Biases
Chapter 3. Emotional Biases and Social/Cultural Influences
Chapter 4. Investor Behavior
Chapter 5. Nudge: The Influence of Frame Dependence
Chapter 6. Cognitive Ability
"If you are looking for a book that explains behavioral finance in plain understandable language, then this book is for you. This book adeptly applies the classic Socratic method to explain why the behavioral approach better explains the behavior of normal people than the neoclassical approach." --Hersh Shefrin, Mario L. Belotti Professor of Finance, Santa Clara University