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Study Session 3: Behavioral Finance

Regret Bias

Regarding Regret Bias:

A client with a regret bias has two stocks in his portfolio;

1. Stock A, Purchase price was USD50, and current price is USD60

2. Stock B, Purchase price was USD 55, and current price USD47

The correct answer is that he would fear to take any action in either stocks. But I have two questions regarding the example;

1. Does this mean that for a client with regret bias, the portfolio has to be discretionary where the manger takes all the decisions and the client is not involved in the decisions after formulating the IPS.

Mental Tricks/Mnemonics for Behavioral Investor Types (BITs)?

Does anyone have any tips or mental tricks for knowing the biases and definitions of the Behavioral Investor Types (BITs)?

Most common emotional biases exhibited:

  • Passive Preserver: Endowment, loss aversion, status quo, regret aversion.

  • Friendly Follower: Regret aversion.

2010 AM Mock Question 2C

Here guideline answer says that decreasing interest rates resulted in underperfomance, giving that Stewart uses short duration strategy. But shouldn’t shorter duration lead to overperfomance if yield curve steepens (decreasing interest rates)?


Goal Based Investing

When constructing layers does goal based investing consider the correlation between them and if not how is it any different from behavioural portfolio theory or mental accounting?


Reading 9. Eoc 3. 

Why does home bias win over overconfidence bias? 

behavioral bias

Would you sell a recent equity investment following a management announcement of a significant decline in the expected growth rate of revenue?

Identify the behavioral bias that the diagnostic question is most likely to reveal.

Answer: Anchoring. Anchoring is the tendency to continue using information that had been used in past decisions despite the availability and relevance of new information. As a result, investment decisions become difficult to reverse when the new information indicates that a change is advisable.

The Behavioral Finance Perspective: is it important?


I really do  not like studying Behavioral Finance, I find very difficult to memorize the topics and the different theories, biases etc.

Is it reallly important to remember everything?

Do you have any hint?

Mitigation of biases

Hey guys, was just a bit curious about this: The  question how would a rational man behave and how to mitigate a particular bias would carry the same answer right ?

Loss-Aversion Bias

Displaying risk-seeking behavior when faced with losses, while generally being risk averse, is known as loss-aversion.

Could someone give an example or two of the bolded part in action?