Tag: Investment Bias

Investment Bias: Hindsight

Hindsight bias is reading beneficial past events obviously predictable, and bad events as not predictable and without cause (called black swans). In the decade between 1999 and 2009, we have many explanations for poor investment performance. Brokers and talking heads

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Investment Bias: Bandwagon Effect (or Groupthink)

The bandwagon effect, or groupthink, describes gaining comfort in something because many other people do the same. After all, “there is safety in numbers” correct? This is a falsehood. But let’s separate bandwagon-ing, from conventional wisdom. There is value that

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Investment Bias: Information

Information bias is the tendency to evaluate useless or the wrong information when determining value. It’s the belief that certain commonly held data points are helpful in understanding the value of an investment, when they may not be. The key

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Investment Bias: Confirmation

Confirmation bias is the natural human tendency to seek specific supportive sources, or overemphasize information confirming our decisions. People will often come to a conclusion, then seek information confirming the decision. Think about buying a car, once you bought the

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Investment Bias: Endowment Effect

This is the belief that you own a “winner” and you will keep that winner for reasons that aren’t justified by the return. Owning companies is fun, and investors like to celebrate their victory over the market by stashing great

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Investment Bias: Loss Aversion

Loss aversion is the tendency for people to strongly prefer avoiding losses at the detriment to obtaining gains. This puts an unnecessary fear on an investment not supported by the risk prima. This might be one of the most common

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Investment Bias: Anchoring

Everyone has heard a mantra about first impressions and their lasting impact. That works for investors too. Because our brains thrive on recognizing patterns and the relationship one element has with another. This mental phenomena is called anchoring.  This want

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