Investor Behavior

Mind Over Money – NOVA  PBS Video

mind-over-moneyCan markets be rational when humans aren’t?

The Deciding Factor – NOVA

Jennifer Lerner, a social psychologist at Harvard University, studies how emotions affect our financial decisions. In this podcast, hear about a new study she and her team are conducting that has revealed, among other things, how anger and sadness have very different effects on our economic choices.

Asset Allocation: A Cop-Out for Investment Managers?

The asset allocation approach — you have heard about how it is the most rational way to invest. But is it? And why do investment managers like it so much? This article reviews the arguments for the approach and why is it a favorite of wealth managers?

8 Things To Think Before Making Investment Decisions

It is important to be independent in your decisions to invest, and be able to evaluate and understand the companies that you are considering for potential investment. What things should you look at when deciding if a stock is a good investment or not?

Low Interest Rates Have You Down? CFP Professionals Share Views

The Federal Reserve has held its target for short-term interest rates at 0% to 0.25% since December 2008, and yields on money market funds have been correspondingly low. As a result, you may wonder how to generate current income without taking on additional risk. And if a little extra risk is necessary, what are your options?

Playing Defensively In 2010 Could Provide Future Tax Benefits

While changes to tax laws are nothing new, this year is a bit different from usual. On December 31, 2010, a few key investment-related tax measures are set to expire or “sunset”—you will want to pay close attention to what Congress does or doesn’t do.

Weathering the Storms on Wall Street – Podcast

Investors and financial advisors have been through a lot in recent years—a devastating market downturn, a dramatic but shaky rebound, and historic levels of volatility along the way.

Dr. John Ameriks of Vanguard’s Investment Counseling and Research group says a mood of uncertainty prevails among retail investors and professionals alike. And with the U.S. economy still on shaky footing, many investors are, for the moment at least, more focused on simply holding onto their jobs than on managing their portfolios.

In this interview, Dr. Ameriks gives his assessment of the changed landscape and how recent events have shaped investor behavior.

Why Habits Are Hard to Change (And Printers Hard to Buy)

A new study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms what many confused shoppers, dieters, and investors know first-hand: when a decision is difficult, we go with the status quo or choose to do nothing.

The Perils of Prediction

Nobody knows the future, so the best we can do is strive for an open mind and flexibility in our thinking and responses.

Robert Reich (The Stock Market Rally Versus the World’s Economic Fundamentals)

What passes for business reporting in the United States is too often a series of breathless reports about the stock market. When the Dow rises precipitously, as it did today (Wednesday), the business press predicts an end to the Great Recession. When the stock market plummets, as it did last week, the Great Recession is said to be worsening.

Pay no attention. The stock market has as much to do with the real economy as the weather has to do with geology.

Distinguishing Between Price and Value

“Cheap” Doesn’t Mean “Good Value”

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