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The Zeitgeist Investor: Unlocking The Mind of the Market [Kindle Edition]

Tim Richards
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Book Description

Are markets rational?

Investors once believed that armed with charts, balance sheets and profit forecasts they could work out where the market would be next year and the year after.

But after the financial crash of 2008, most experts have come to believe that what really drives the markets is psychology.

And nobody can make money as an investor unless they understand what drives them emotionally - and what drives the market.

In 'The Zeitgeist Investor: Unlocking The Mind of the Market' acclaimed financial blogger Tim Richards shows how the new science of psychological investing can explain the repeating patterns of stock-market history.

In a concise, tightly argued e-book, he analyses the great cycles of the markets to discover what really drove the great booms and busts of the past."

And he shows how these great market transitions can be explained by investor psychology.

It is the one book that no one who puts money into the markets can afford not to read.

Tim Richards work has been widely praised.

“I read Tim's Psy-Fi blog religiously and often share it with my colleagues. While taking a rigorous, scholarly approach to his writing, he makes sure that his commentary is also highly readable. His blog postings inevitably turn me upside down, making me think about and see the world differently.”- Teresa A. Daniels, Dean & Professor - Human Resource Leadership Programs, Sullivan University

“We investors have met the enemy and it isn't the markets, but ourselves. Don't invest not knowing the many ways we investors commonly shoot ourselves in the foot. Investors would be wise to read Tim Richards' The Psy-Fi Blog because it does as good a job of translating the findings of behavioral finance into lessons for individual investors." - Tadas Viskanta, Founder and Editor of Abnormal Returns and author of Abnormal Returns: Winning Strategies from the Frontlines of the Investment Blogosphere

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 168 KB
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (13 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00953I1FY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells It Like It Is, Not How You'd Like It To Be. 5 Sept. 2012
There are plenty of investment books out there - probably too many - but this is one is smarter and more orginal than most. Most of them are trying to sell some clever way of forecasting the market, or how to pay stocks on the cheap, and most of them are nonsense. Richards, who I was already familiar with from his blog, cuts through all that, and makes the point that you need to understand the way the market thinks, and what drives the people within it, before you have any chance of becoming a successful investor. He runs through the great booms and busts of the past and examines them with the eye of a psychologist as much as an economist. He is fairly pessimistic about the future - more so than most and it could be a samll flaw in book - but all things considered this is a first-rate introduction to a difficult subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A victory for common sense. 20 Nov. 2012
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Inspired. The best book on investing I have ever read. It has completely changed the way I think about investing. I would recommend this book to anyone with a portfolio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 25 Jan. 2013
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Short, useful guide to how the market thinks. Practical advice. This will make you think about the in-built investment biases you didn't even know you had.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Competent and interesting, but lots of awkward sentences 25 Mar. 2013
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This book is about how our many human emotional and thinking biases affect our investing behavior and returns, most often for the worst. A much longer treatment of the book topics (and even more such issues) can be found on the author's "The Psy-Fi Blog" website, and you can find an RSS feed there.

The book definitely contains interesting and engaging information, and it does a fair job of providing examples of the various biases through historical and current market conditions. It also discusses various types of biases in the context of famous (and not so famous) past and current investors.

I really liked the way the book mentioned past scientists who tried to introduce new ideas into society -- and their ideas were right -- but society did not accept them until much later, and often only after the scientists died. This is an example of how the author introduces very interesting stories and facts into the main narrative of the book; these kinds of things really add to the color and flavor and interesting nature of the book.

So it's quite an interesting book; the author enriches it with interesting stories that exemplify the principles being explained; and often the author's sense of humor shows up well in various sentences scattered throughout the book.

My main issue with the book is that many -- and I do mean many -- sentences in the book seem much too long and awkward to me. I found myself _repeatedly_ having to reread sentences multiple times to parse the grammatical phrase and clause structure of the sentences, to see where the missing comma or emphasis should be in order to have the sentence make sense. If it wasn't for the author's content being so interesting, it would be easy to label the book as a semi-tedious read, and to abandon it in search of more reading-friendly material.

I have subscribed to the author's RSS feed articles for a couple of years, and the web articles seem to have the same issue (IMHO). I think the author's writing style would be improved if the author read all those long sentences out loud, and reduced their length and the number of sentence clauses where possible.

In contrast, I think the author's sense of humor, sense of history, sense of science, and sense of perspective are all wonderful; I suggest no changes there.

Finally, I think the book would have been stronger if the author had more clearly labelled and summarized the various biases at a few places in the book, after a few of them had been introduced. As currently written, the biases are usually buried in the flow of some long sentence or paragraph; if you aren't already familiar with the biases from other reading, or aren't watching carefully for them, they slip by you in the text.

The author does include a couple of nice paragraphs that re-mention some biases in a way that helps the reader to recognize (and hopefully remember a bit about) biases that might have been missed earlier. So the author sees the remember/refresh issue, and is trying. But I think that explicitly labelling and summarizing the biases into two explicit summary sections (equally spaced in the book) would really help readers to see and lock in the identities and meanings of the biases.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in investing or the behavioral psychology of biases in our decision making.

See also the papers in the back of Kahneman's book, Thinking Fast and Slow; the papers also talk about various human biases. And of course, check out the author's excellent Psy-Fi Blog, which contains a wealth of information on biases and behavior related to investing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening ! 22 April 2013
By Abe Vigoda - Published on
I feel that this book tells the truth about the markets. There are certain facts about investing which you will never read about within books written by the big publishers.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read, but do not expect much 3 May 2013
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the book is light reading, with a fair amount of humor that keeps your attention. My grouse is the absence of a conclusion. The author tracks the flow of exuberance over many hundred years, but fails to tell us how exactly we should be investing now.

Maybe I missed the conclusion. If I did, I would gladly read the book again and add to this review.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book to read but better ones out there 13 Dec. 2012
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A book that has been written for fast and easy reading. Most of his points has been expanded in many other books dealing with Behavioral finance. Sums up his views in what he calls as "The Zeilgeist Commandments" .
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, well written, insightful 3 Oct. 2012
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I have read dozens of books on investing, trading and behavioral finance. I found the author to be very perceptive in the way he explains behavioral biases within historical contexts. This book is well written and flows well. The ideas are presented in a concise manner. This will go on a list of books that I come back to every couple of years for subsequent readings. There is no fluff here, this book gets right to the point, and stays on it. I also recommend the author's blog.
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