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Investor Therapy

A Psychologist and Investing Guru Tells You How to Out-Psych Wall Street

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Description

If your investing strategy has relied on the facts—financial statements, annual reports, technical charts, and so on—congratulations! You’re on the way to becoming a successful, complete investor.

But you’re only partway there. If the markets are about mood swings, turbulence, and uncertainty, if the herd buys like crazy one day, only to sell off the next, doesn’t it make sense for you to have a grip on the way in which your individual psychological makeup and emotional state affect your investing strategy? Doesn’t the complete investor need to understand both the facts in his head and the emotions of his heart?

Dr. Richard Geist has combined the art and science of the seemingly unrelated fields of psychology and investing. He shows that investing success means both having and using solid information and expertly understanding, monitoring, and managing your emotions. This is the first book directed at professional and individual investors alike, illustrating how they can use emotions to become more effective at meeting the ever-increasing challenges of today’s investing environment. Dr. Geist’s coverage is stimulating and wide-ranging, including topics such as:

•Recognizing emotional reactions such as confidence and anxiety as clues to making investment decisions
•Avoiding the most common psychological investment mistakes
•Analyzing your psychological risk quotient
•Reacting appropriately when you’re caught in a stampeding herd
•Learning how patience—or the lack of it—influences investing decisions
•Responding in psychologically healthy ways to losing money in the market
•Gaining the psychological skills you need to sell a stock and learning why these skills differ from those needed when making a buy decision
•Understanding the psychological needs of management while obtaining useful, valid information for making informed investing decisions

Conventional wisdom says “park your emotions at the door when making investing decisions.” Dr. Geist brings a new, important perspective to show that the conventional wisdom is not only wrong but harmful to your financial well-being. Success lies in understanding your emotional reactions to the market and its participants and integrating an emotional understanding of yourself into your investing strategies. The successful investor is, above all, a human investor, not a “perfect” machine-like investor.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

11 August 2003 – It's more important that investors understand their emotions than conduct research or have information about the market, argues Geist, a psychiatrist and president of the Institute of Psychology and Investing Inc.: "Emotions play a complex role in the investing process.... To do well in the market, you must learn to use your emotions, not be led by or eliminate them." Feelings allow people to make subjective decisions based on their experience. These emotions, he writes, let investors evaluate their choices, provide signals about certain decisions and help people ride out difficult times. Geist, also a professor at Harvard Medical School, bases his theories not just on personal experience as an avid stock market investor but also on his many clients who have sought counseling to improve their investing abilities. In a clear, appealing writing style, Geist intersperses advice on how the stock market works with psychological insights. Readers will identify with Geist's anecdotes about people unsure whether to sell a stock that has dramatically dropped in price or those who are uncertain how to evaluate news about a new company. Specific strategies and advice make this title practical, but overall the content is sophisticated and requires readers to digest some complex psychological theories. Those willing to consider a fresh approach to investing and disciplined enough to change their ways will find this book most useful.
Investor Therapy
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  • 13,99 €
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Personal Finance
  • Published: 23 September 2003
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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