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MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity

ISBN: 978-0-470-54358-0
240 pages
September 2010
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An investor's guide to understanding the most elusive (yet most important) aspect of successful investing - yourself.

Why is it that the investing performance of so many smart people reliably and predictably falls short? The answer is not that they know too little about the markets. In fact, they know too little about themselves.

Combining the latest findings from the academic fields of behavioral finance and experimental psychology with the down-and-dirty real-world wisdom of successful investors, Drs. Richard Peterson and Frank Murtha guide both new and experienced investors through the psychological learning process necessary to achieve their financial goals.

In an easy and entertaining style that masks the book’s scientific rigor, the authors make complex scientific insights readily understandable and actionable, shattering a number of investing myths along the way. You will gain understanding of your true investing motivations, learn to avoid the unseen forces that subvert your performance, and build your investor identity - the foundation for long-lasting investing success.

Replete with humorous games, insightful self-assessments, entertaining exercises, and concrete planning tools, this book goes beyond mere education. MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity functions as a psychological outfitter for your unique investing journey, providing the tools, training and equipment to help you navigate the right paths, stay on them, and see your journey through to success.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: What Is Your Investor Identity?

Chapter 2: Investor Identity Fundamentals.

Chapter 3: Is Character Destiny?

Chapter 4: Managing Investing Emotions.

Chapter 5: What Do You Really Value?

Chapter 6: Identifying (and Avoiding) Investor Traps.

Chapter 7: Managing Investment Stress.

Chapter 8: Being Your Best.

Appendix A: Summary of Meditation Techniques.

Appendix B: Gratitude List.

About the Authors.


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Author Information

RICHARD L. PETERSON works at the intersection of the mind and markets. He is co-founder of MarketPsych LLC, where he trains financial advisers, portfolio managers, traders, and executives in emotion management and intuitive decision skills. Peterson is also Managing Director at MarketPsy Capital LLC, a psychology-based asset-management firm. Additionally, he operates MarketPsychAdvisor.com which offers investors real-time market psychological intelligence on individual stocks, ETFs, and markets. Peterson is the author of the Wiley title Inside the Investor's Brain, which was praised as "exceptionally well-written" and "outstanding" by Barron's. His financial psychology research has been published in leading academic journals and textbooks, and he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral Finance. Peterson has degrees in electrical engineering, arts, and medicine from the University of Texas. He is a Board-certified psychiatrist and performed post-doctoral studies in neuroeconomics at Stanford University. Peterson lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

FRANK F. MURTHA received his PhD in counseling psychology from the University at Buffalo in 2001. He went on to join the consulting firm, RHR International LLP where he developed senior executives in leadership and pioneered a specialty in the new field of behavioral finance. In 2003 Murtha cofounded MarketPsych LLC, where he has led hundreds of workshops and trainings on applied investing psychology. Murtha's clients have included investment banks, financial services companies, and day trading firms, where he has coached financial advisors, analysts, and portfolio managers in reaching peak performance. Murtha has taught at numerous universities and is adjunct faculty at New York University. He is a recognized gambling and behavioral finance content expert and frequent contributor on the subject of investing psychology for print and electronic news media. Murtha lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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"The market is flooded with books on investor psychology, but most only outline the various ways we screw up with our investments. This is the first book that identifies the root causes and gives a variety of practical, imaginative ways to heal thyself." (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 2010)
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