Behavioral Finance

Behavioral Finance is the study of how people make financial decisions in the real world. It stands in contrast to traditional classical economics and finance, which both assume that people are always rational and make decisions according to a logical cost-benefit analysis of their options.

Recent advancements in behavioral finance shed an important light on one of the most important questions in personal finance: why do we continue to make poor decisions with our money, even when we basically know what we should be doing?

This tutorial will go over some of the behavioral finance research on how the brain deals with money decisions. It will also discuss their implications, including how you can insulate yourself from making money mistakes, and even how you can profit from the predictable mistakes of others.

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Will Momentum Still Work

Will Momentum Continue to Work in the Future?

To survive in the stock market, you should generally be highly skeptical about the existence of seemingly surefire ways to “beat” the stock market. So should you be wary of investing in "momentum" strategies?