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Psychoanalysis for a better portfolio

'On the couch' scrutiny can make you a better investor
Psychoanalysis for a better portfolio
  • Rules and asset allocation are a star to steer by
  • Too many investors start out trying to copy Warren Buffett

Subjecting investing personality traits to scrutiny can feel like a form of therapy. Picking through the behavioural ticks that affect decision-making is emotionally challenging, as I found when I asked an expert to study my beginner portfolio and processes.

“Merely the fact you are exposing [your] decision-making to probing and testing puts you head and shoulders above the vast majority of investors out there.” Those were the reassuring words of Dr Greg B Davies, Head of Behavioural Finance at Oxford Risk.

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