Your Mind, Your Money

Your Mind, Your Money

Discover how investor psychology and behavioral finance affect your portfolio and your bottom line.

May 7, 2020

How to Handle a Bear Market

If you’ve got to take action, boost your savings rate or scout for mispriced securities. And check that your portfolio is in line with your goals.

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March 6, 2020

Is Your Mutual Fund Politically Biased?

A recent study showed that partisan-leaning managers invest about 43% of assets in firms whose executives share the managers’ party affiliation.

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November 26, 2019

Stories That Move the Economy

Economist Robert Shiller predicted runaway home prices and the stock market bubble of the late 1990s. Now he’s writing about the influence of viral narratives.

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August 29, 2019

Beware Dark Patterns on the Web

These sites are designed to steer or coerce people into making unintended decisions.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Technology

May 9, 2019

Lessons Learned From the College Bribery Scandal

Being a snowplow parent who removes obstacles is not the way to raise emotionally healthy, money-smart kids.

See More On: Paying for College | Family Finances

March 7, 2019

Stocks: Why We’re Better Buyers Than Sellers

When portfolio managers are buying, they think like business owners. But when they sell, they too often devolve into stock jockeys.

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November 29, 2018

What a Bear Market Does to Your Brain

Normal market cycles can stir up your emotions and push you to invest unwisely, but being aware of your behavioral biases can help you focus on your long-term plan.

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October 3, 2018

Retirees, Go Ahead and Spend a Little (More)

Successful savers have prospered by living below their means. Frugality often becomes a preference—sometimes to an excessive degree.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Smart Buying

August 2, 2018

Don't Fall Into the Diversification Trap

Researchers discovered that, when it comes to investment fees, diversification efforts can backfire.

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May 10, 2018

What We Can Learn from Target-Date Funds

These one-decision investments can teach you to stick with your investing strategy and remain calm no matter what's happening in the markets.

See More On: Mutual Funds | 401(k)s | Saving for Retirement

March 8, 2018

To Save More, Tap Into Your Emotions

Objecs that have special meaning to you could be the key to identifying your savings goals.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Saving for Retirement | Saving Money

January 8, 2018

Don't Step Into These Saving Traps

Some behavioral biases seem tailor-made to foil retirement savers. But their ill effects are smaller for those who are aware of them.

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October 5, 2017

The Psychology of a Market Bubble

The best defense against a bubble is a well-diversified portfolio. That helps ensure that losses in one sector or asset class won’t sink you overall.

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August 1, 2017

To Save More, Focus on the Future

When imagining your financial life, clarity counts. A vague desire for peace of mind might become “I want to have at least $1 million.”

See More On: Investor Psychology | Financial Planning | Stocks & Bonds

April 21, 2017

What Kind of Investor Are You?

When it comes to managing our portfolios, we tend to fall into one of four behavioral types.

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January 3, 2017

Investors, How Much Risk Can You Stand?

If you are taking on more risk than you can emotionally tolerate, you’ll hit the panic button and sell at the worst possible time.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

November 2, 2016

To Be Happier, Favor Experiences Over Things

While the stuff we own grows old and obsolete, memories of things we did are often burnished with time.

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