Category Archives: Behavioural Finance

What if Trump Wins? How Would Markets React?

According to popular U.S. statistician Nate Silver’s fivethirtyeight.com, the odds of a Clinton White House were down to 65.6 per cent when I wrote this article (on Friday, Nov 4th). Two weeks ago, before the latest e-mail saga, Hillary Clinton was pushing 90 per cent

Central Banks Suffer from Recency Bias – Do You?

Last week, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz flipped on his recent bias that the Canadian economy was strengthening – though he does expect a second-half bounce back from the Fort McMurray wildfires. “Recency bias” is a psychological phenomenon where people overweight more recent events

Why work for a living when your house out-earns you?

Why work for a living when your house out-earns you? In a “truth is stranger than fiction” moment, the price appreciation of homes in greater Vancouver have produced more than the sum total of all work done by every single human being that lives in

Retirement finances

Will You have enough to retire in the new normal?

The Investment Landscape has changed – Will You have enough to retire in the new normal? Blackrock CEO Larry Fink’s latest to shareholders addresses some of the main topics of my current roadshow. Specifically the section titled: Changes to the investment landscape. Will you have

Round Table - Woman And Money

Women & Personal Finance

The financial industry has been male-dominated for a long time, but the tables have turned and women are poised to become more influential when it comes to money and financial decisions. Yet women still lose more sleep worrying about money than men, and in many

Know your Bear Market

Knowing How Bear Markets Behave Can Lower Investment Anxiety:

There have been no shortage of market pundits lately suggesting investors sell everything because the markets are going to Hades. There was one UK Bank that issued such a reckless recommendation as to sell everything at the trough of the January decline. While I’ve suggested

Smart Dollar Cost Averaging

Putting a new twist on Dollar Cost Averaging

Trying to understand the mass psychology and behaviour of the markets can help us make better investment decisions. We have all heard of the idea of buy low sell high, but how do we figure out when to do it. Most investors tend to dislike