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Beyond Greed and Fear: Understanding Behavioural Finance and the Psychology of Investing (Financial Management Association Survey & Synthesis Series) Hardcover – 22 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; Revised ed. edition (22 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780875848723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875848723
  • ASIN: 0875848729
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,807,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychology rules the stock market, according to Hersh Shefrin. In Beyond Greed and Fear, Shefrin shows how bias, perception and other aspects of psychology often rattle investors and move stocks. From the individual who keeps losers too long, to overconfident money managers who mistakenly think they can predict financial trends, human nature foils investment returns. "Behavioral finance is everywhere that people make financial decisions. Psychology is hard to escape; it touches every corner of the financial landscape, and it's important. Financial practitioners need to understand the impact that psychology has on them and those around them. Practitioners ignore psychology at their peril", writes Shefrin, a finance professor at Santa Clara University. An academic volume geared toward financial professionals, the book details an emerging field known as behavioural finance, in which psychology is believed to be at least as important as market fundamentals such as earnings and balance sheets. Shefrin describes how investors are motivated by fear, hope, overconfidence and the need for short-term gratification. The book gives plenty of examples of investment mistakes, and analyses them from a behavioural finance perspective. While Beyond Greed and Fear targets professionals, individual investors will benefit from this look at an important mover of markets. --Dan Ring, Amazon.com

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"This refreshingly iconoclastic book awakens us all to how little we know about financial markets, and how much we have to discover. I particularly enjoyed the reference to the emperor's clothes worn by the mutual fund industry. Shefrin's clear reaffirmation of the fallibility of professional investors will lead even the most impressionable of investors to consider, yet again, the advantages of market indexing strategies."--John Bogle, Founder and Senior Chairman, The Vanguard Group, and author, Common Sense on Mutual Funds "Behavioral finance is about normal people and the markets that drive them crazy. Shefrin's insights into these people and markets will provide you with solutions to many financial puzzles--as you read the book and long after you close it."--Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University "Beyond Greed and Fear challenges your most fundamental assumptions about investing and uncovers psychological traps that may prevent you from achieving higher returns on your portfolio."--Martin S. Fridson, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co., and author, How to Be a Billionaire "Shefrin synthesizes a wealth of research and observations about human behavior and financial anomalies into a broad and deep perspective on financial markets. No other book so splendidly lays out the fundamentals of behavioral finance."--Robert Shiller, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University "Beyond Greed and Fear is the first truly comprehensive behavioral finance book written for practitioners. It should be required reading for portfolio managers and traders."--W. Van Harlow III, President and CIO, Strategic Advisors, Fidelity Investments "This refreshingly iconoclastic book awakens us all to how little we know about financial markets, and how much we have to discover. I particularly enjoyed the reference to the emperor's clothes worn by the mutual fund industry. Shefrin's clear reaffirmation of the fallibility of professional investors will lead even the most impressionable of investors to consider, yet again, the advantages of market indexing strategies."--John Bogle, Founder and Senior Chairman, The Vanguard Group, and author, Common Sense on Mutual Funds "Behavioral finance is about normal people and the markets that drive them crazy. Shefrin's insights into these people and markets will provide you with solutions to many financial puzzles--as you read the book and long after you close it."--Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University "Beyond Greed and Fear challenges your most fundamental assumptions about investing and uncovers psychological traps that may prevent you from achieving higher returns on your portfolio."--Martin S. Fridson, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co., and author, How to Be a Billionaire "Shefrin synthesizes a wealth of research and observations about human behavior and financial anomalies into a broad and deep perspective on financial markets. No other book so splendidly lays out the fundamentals of behavioral finance."--Robert Shiller, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University "Beyond Greed and Fear is the first truly comprehensive behavioral finance book written for practitioners. It should be required reading for portfolio managers and traders."--W. VanHarlow III, President and CIO, Strategic Advisors, Fidelity Investments "This refreshingly iconoclastic book awakens us all to how little we know about financial markets, and how much we have to discover. I particularly enjoyed the reference to the emperor's clothes worn by the mutual fund industry. Shefrin's clear reaffirmation of the fallibility of professional investors will lead even the most impressionable of investors to consider, yet again, the advantages of market indexing strategies."--John Bogle, Founder and Senior Chairman, The Vanguard Group, and author, Common Sense on Mutual Funds "Behavioral finance is about normal people and the markets that drive them crazy. Shefrin's insights into these people and markets will provide you with solutions to many financial puzzles--as you read the book and long after you close it."--Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University "Beyond Greed and Fear challenges your most fundamental assumptions about investing and uncovers psychological traps that may prevent you from achieving higher returns on your portfolio."--Martin S. Fridson, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co., and author, How to Be a Billionaire "Shefrin synthesizes a wealth of research and observations about human behavior and financial anomalies into a broad and deep perspective on financial markets. No other book so splendidly lays out the fundamentals of behavioral finance."--Robert Shiller, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University "Beyond Greed and Fear is the first truly comprehensive behavioral finance book written for practitioners. It should berequired reading for portfolio managers and traders."--W. Van Harlow III, President and CIO, Strategic Advisors, Fidelity Investments "This refreshingly iconoclastic book awakens us all to how little we know about financial markets, and how much we have to discover. I particularly enjoyed the reference to the emperor's clothes worn by the mutual fund industry. Shefrin's clear reaffirmation of the fallibility of professional investors will lead even the most impressionable of investors to consider, yet again, the advantages of market indexing strategies."--John Bogle, Founder and Senior Chairman, The Vanguard Group, and author, Common Sense on Mutual Funds "Behavioral finance is about normal people and the markets that drive them crazy. Shefrin's insights into these people and markets will provide you with solutions to many financial puzzles--as you read the book and long after you close it."--Meir Statman, Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University "Beyond Greed and Fear challenges your most fundamental assumptions about investing and uncovers psychological traps that may prevent you from achieving higher returns on your portfolio."--Martin S. Fridson, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch & Co., and author, How to Be a Billionaire "Shefrin synthesizes a wealth of research and observations about human behavior and financial anomalies into a broad and deep perspective on financial markets. No other book so splendidly lays out the fundamentals of behavioral finance."--Robert Shiller, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University "Beyond Greed and Fear is the first truly comprehensive behavioral finance book written for practitioners. It should be required reading for portfolio managers and traders."--W.Van Harlow III, President and CIO, Strategic Advisors, Fidelity Investments

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