Summary of Behavioral Finance and Wealth Management

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Behavioral Finance and Wealth Management book summary
Yes, your clients are nuts: Putting behavioral finance to work for biased investors and their advisers.


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This excellent, practical guide helps you apply behavioral finance information to your personal wealth management. Though Michael M. Pompian chiefly addresses a readership of professional investment advisers, any investor can benefit from learning more about the irrational factors that affect investment decisions. Readers can choose among many books about behavioral finance, cognitive biases and neuroeconomics. However, very few books can match this one’s hype-free, objective and accessible exposition of this subject. The author provides a brief history of behavioral finance, a thorough catalog of noteworthy investor biases, advice on how to deal with these biases, examples and the likely direction of future research in the field. getAbstract highly recommends his book for its straightforward language, which makes it widely accessible.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What behavioral economics is;
  • How irrational emotions and biases affect investment decisions; and
  • How to prevent these factors from destroying your or your clients’ wealth.


Behavioral Finance Explained
Behavioral finance focuses on the psychology of financial decisions. It takes issue with some fundamental assumptions of conventional finance, especially the notion that markets are efficient and investors are rational. In an efficient market, securities prices...
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About the Author

Michael M. Pompian, CFA, CFP, is the director of the private-wealth practice at investment consulting firm Hammond Associates. He previously was a wealth management adviser with Merrill Lynch and PNC Private Bank.

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