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Michael Dee - Pythagoras Investing

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Michael Dee - Pythagoras Investing

Humans are hard-wired to be emotional, but it’s the one thing we really can’t be when investing in the sharemarket. It makes success almost impossible. I'm joined by Michael Dee from Pythagoras Investing who explains some of the biases we need to be aware of that can affect our investing decisions.

Listener Deryl from Wollongong asked for some discussion about psychology in share investment and Michael has helped out to highlight the emotions and biases that can affect us.

12 Biases to be aware of when taming your investing emotions

Confirmation

The best investors say – “I hear your positive view. Go and find me the most negative you can find.”

Information

The need to dig into every piece of data we can find and end up confusing ourselves.

Regret or loss aversion

We prefer as humans to avoid a loss than to make a gain. The foolish behaviour of “past price anchoring”.

Hindsight

We see the good from past events as predictable and the bad as unpredictable so it stops us from learning from your mistakes

Herd effect

Gaining comfort because everyone else believes the same thing. Cash is your most valuable commodity, to be used cautiously and judiciously. If you can hold yourself when the herd is running and wait till bargains appear that is your greatest asset.

The Herd Effect

Restraint

Reinvesting in the same stocks over and over again reducing diversification

Oversimplification

Humans want simple explanations and nothing’s simple

Oversimplification

Worry

This is normal, but it alters our judgement negatively

Familiarity

A preference for the well-known investments “the zone of sensible excitement”

Neglect of probability

There’s no-one you can trust – you must be the judge of company earnings

Greed

Where the money flows, so too does the greed.

The pub

After a certain number of drinks ignore anything anybody tells you

Michael has generously tailored an offering for listeners to this podcast that can be accessed here. This is not an affiliate program and I'm not making any commission from referring listeners to Michael's web-site. It's up to you to decide whether Pythagoras Investing is for you. This is not a recommendation from me and as always do your own due diligence.

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