Category Archives: Behavioral Finance

Thaler on Choice Confusion: To Intervene or Not to Intervene

Richard H. Thaler reviewed many of our behavioral frailties during his lively and engaging presentation at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The key takeaway: If only we could learn. Read More

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C. Thomas Howard Urges Practitioners to “View the Markets as They Are”

C. Thomas Howard, an opponent of the efficient markets hypothesis, advocates for a radical departure from the idea of diversification at the core of a healthy portfolio. Read More

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Is Your Gray Rhino Plan in Place?

“The most obvious thing is what escapes us,” says author Michele Wucker. Her advice to financial professionals? Identify and plan for the obvious gray rhinos. Read More

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Lie Detection in a Post-Truth World

“Everybody knows we are in a post-truth world,” deception detection expert Pamela Meyer told delegates at the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Philadelphia. “People will tell you anything.” So what are the verbal and nonverbal clues indicating someone might be deceiving us? Read More

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Register to Attend the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference

Registration is open for the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 21–24 May 2017. Read More

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Mindfulness in the Age of Disruption

“It’s very easy for many of us to feel out of control,” said mindfulness expert Jeremy Hunter. “We live too much on gas pedal, too much on brake.” But there is a way to get back to what Hunter calls our “zone of resilience — a capacity to be calm.” The key to doing that is the practice of mindfulness. Read More

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Is Homo Economicus Extinct?

Our state of mind greatly affects the way we look at risk. This is a significant departure from the idea that humans are perfectly rational beings. Read More

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A Gulf of Factors to Consider – From Identifying Investor Risk Profiles to Geopolitics for Investors

At the Research Foundation Workshop for the Practitioner, Philippa Malmgren will discuss broad-based influences on investment decisions, and Joachim Klement, CFA, will outline the factors that can determine personal risk and return preferences. Read More

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Neuroeconomics: What Science and Economics Tell Us About Choice

Neuroscientists combine insights from psychology, economics, and biology into a single discipline that studies human choice. Read More

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5 Questions for Global Investment Professionals in 2015

A select group of practitioners that convenes to discuss developments in the capital markets — and society at large — has identified five issues that will be important to examine at the 68th CFA Institute Annual Conference. Read More

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