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Loss aversion

When it comes to investing, our minds are prone to frequent bouts of insanity, sprinkled with an assortment of behavioural quirks, misconceptions and biases. Loss aversion is a behavioural malady that plagues the investor community. It refers to the tendency of investors to have a strong preference for avoiding losses rather than for making gains. Several studies have pointed out that losses...

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Spurious correlation

Interest rates do not always dictate stock prices

The central bank’s monetary policy reviews and actions are covered extensively by news channels, analysts and the like. Even a 0.25% change in the key rates is met with a flurry of activity, with market experts and economists providing a stream of instant wisdom to the reading and viewing audience. What is the reason for such fervour? The...

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The recency effect

What has been, will be…

Our moods can cloud our judgement when it comes to taking investment decisions. Human psychology is a breeding ground for such behavioural maladies that influence the way we approach investing. One cognitive bias common among investors is the ‘recency effect’—where judgement is founded only on readily recallable recent experiences. It is our tendency to unduly...

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