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The Psychology of Investing [Paperback]

John R. Nofsinger
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12 Mar 2004 0131432702 978-0131432703 2

For undergraduate and graduate Investments courses.

The Psychology of Investing is the first text of its kind to delve into the fascinating subject of psychology affects investing. Its unique coverage describes how investors actually behave, the reasons and causes of that behavior, why the behavior hurts their wealth, and what they can do about it. Traditional finance has focused on developing the tools which investors can use to optimize expected return and risk—understanding the psychology of investing will complement the material covered in traditional investments text.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (12 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131432702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131432703
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,454,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Traditional finance has focused on developing the tools that investors use to optimize expected return and risk. Understanding the motivations behind this behavior is extremely important when applying these financial tools.

This is the only textbook that describes (1) how investors actually behave, (2) the reasons and causes of that behavior, (3) why the behavior hurts their wealth, and (4) what they can do about it. New coverage includes:

  • Behavioral finance is a rapidly expanding field. As such, new evidence of investor behavior has been added to every chapter.
  • A new chapter describes how mood and feelings influence investor decisions.
  • End-of-chapter questions are now included. These questions focus on the core concepts of each chapter.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a fascinating topic 6 Aug 2008
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This is an easy to read guide to the complex emotions of how we react to investing - the highs and the lows. It should be required reading for everyone who thinks that financial planning is only about following the journalists tips in the sunday papers and visiting their local high street bank. If your financial advisor is not discussing the pyschology of your investment attitudes find one who can!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 24 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most of the typical psychology of trading books just regurgitate the same 'ol same 'ol. This one hits all the bases with examples to back them up - and no fluff. I really appreciated how everything was condensed and to the point without having to read a lengthy discourse on each topic. That made it easy to digest the material and left me with a lot to think about. This was the best book I've read in it's class. Well worth reading.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of how behavior affects investing decisions 29 May 2005
By Anita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book contains a good summary of the different ways in which what we think affects investing decisions we make. I liked the fact that the book is short and to the point and does not use psychological jargon. I found it quite insightful and could identify with several of the traits and thought processes the book describes, I would recommend it to anyone who makes their own investment decisions
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book that proves sometimes less is more. 10 July 2005
By H. P. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really liked this book. Nofsinger makes a clear and concise case against the existence of a rational investing "homo economicus", a key assumption of modern portfolio theory. The book is well footnoted and a good place to start learning the underlying tenants of behavioral finance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of the literature of the field 10 Mar 2007
By S. van Ginkel - Published on Amazon.com
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Nofsinger is a good although not exhaustive overview of the literature on behavioral finance. Used at universities but easy and fun to read. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview 6 Jun 2011
By Cordial Savage - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a quick and easy read, getting to the point and keeping from using excessive prose to get the information across. Certainly an approachable text for novices and seasoned folk alike.

My only issue with the book, at no obvious fault of the author, is that the information provided is very similar to the contents of Think Twice. I guess there could be a good deal of common themes found in a number of books written on the subject.
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