How to Beat 3 Common Investor Mistakes

Posted by Doug Kinsey - 07 June, 2020


In this video, Doug Kinsey talks about three of the most common behavioral mistakes investors make and how to avoid them.

3 Common Investor Mistakes and How to Beat Them




Hi, I’m Doug Kinsey with Artifex Financial Group, and I’m going to teach you how to avoid three of the worst behavioral mistakes investors can make.

Humans are complicated, irrational beings and we’ve learned that our mindset and behaviors can have a massive impact on our financial outcomes.

Our brains are hardwired with psychological biases that can hurt us as investors, especially right now, when we’re experiencing an economic crisis and volatile markets.

Here are 3 of the biggies and what you can do about them:

One: Action Bias. Humans are primed for action. It makes us feel in control, especially in uncertain times.

However, sometimes, immediate action is the wrong move, especially when it’s driven by emotional reactions or gut decisions.

Fight action bias by taking time to engage the rational part of your brain and getting advice before making a move.

Two: Recency Effect. We tend to remember recent events more clearly, so we give them more weight when making decisions than past or potential future events.

While market losses hurt, we can’t let them derail our goals or keep us on the sidelines.

If you’re feeling burned by the correction, reach out so I can help put things into perspective.

Three: Warren Buffett’s Favorite: Confirmation Bias: We love being right and hate being wrong.

So much so that our brain tricks us by being more receptive to information that confirms what we already believe and resistant to conflicting evidence.

Counteract this by getting an outside perspective and creating systems to make logical decisions. Buffett has Charlie Munger to talk ideas with, and you’ve got your team at Artifex Financial Group.

The truth is, we all have biases, even professionals.

But, by learning about how our brains work, we can leverage our behavior and create systems that help us remove bias and create better financial outcomes.

That's why understanding the behavioral side of money and investing is so important.

If you have a question about what I’ve discussed with you or you’d like to speak to me personally, please use the form below to send me a message. We're here for you.


Topics: Investments, behavioral finance

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