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Sharpening investor intuition

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

As we learn more about behavioral economics and neural finance, we’re beginning to understand more and more about human decision making and the investment process.

In an interview a few weeks ago with Jason Apollo Voss, I explored intuition’s role in his success as a portfolio manager.

  1. moving beyond just facts: investing is hard because facts are only true in the present and past — they don’t tell you what the future has in store for markets or stocks.  Investors are looking beyond “what we currently know “and moving into “getting what we want to know”.  Enter intuition.
  2. tapping investor intuition: Voss believes mental pollution clouds our judgment and coaches investors to remove the clutter.  In his framework, it’s not behavioral finance’s obsession with why we make poor emotional decisions.  Rather, it’s looking at the left brain and how that obstructs good decision making.

Voss uses a meditative process to fully tap the power of his cognitive and creative capabilities.

What are you using to move beyond your limitations?


  • Picking stocks alongside hedge funds — with SumZero’s Divya Narendra

    Posted on October 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm UTC

    While many of us spend our time reading, learning and publishing investment ideas on the public tradestream, there are a ton of awesome investment ideas hidden away in private online communities.

    This week’s guest on Tradestreaming Radio founded and runs probably the largest of these expert networks, SumZero.  Divya Narendra has almost 6000 professional stock researchers registered on his site from all the top hedge funds, mutual funds and even prop trading desks.

    Divya shares how he built the site, who and how people use the site to generate investment ideas and find finance jobs, and his vision of the future for the site.
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  • Stock Twits, Estimize, and the future of social investing – with Leigh Drogen

    Posted on September 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm UTC

    Leigh Drogen played an integral role in StockTwits‘ success. Now, he’s on to his own startup, Estimize, which takes aim at improving financial estimates with a decidedly social approach.

    Drogen shares his own experience and history as an investor and now entrepreneur as he’s one of the most vocal proponents of using a mix of social media communications to enhance the investing process.

    He’ll share his vision of social investing and how Estimize should help investors become more accurate.
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  • Lifecycle investing – with Ian Ayres

    Posted on September 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm UTC

    Sometimes big ideas attract a lot of flack.by Ian Ayres

    Such is the central idea behind Ian Ayres’ book: Lifecycle Investing: A New, Safe, and Audacious Way to Improve the Value of your Retirement Portfolio.

    Built upon a central idea of Paul Samuelson, the book was ultimately spurned by Samuelson.

    Even Ayres’ colleague, leading economist Robert Shiller lent his approbation only to come onto Amazon later to clarify his views.
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  • Finovate and the future of financial startups

    Posted on September 22, 2011 at 12:41 pm UTC

    I wasn’t at Finovate so I can’t be accused of drinking the Kool Aid.

    But it seems to me that startups targeting the financial industry are not only interesting again, but downright exciting.

    As the winners were announced, I couldn’t help but think that the long-anticipated changes people in the industry (and out) have been waiting for are a lot closer to being reality.

    Ultimately, this is about the future of investing, startups, and the $11,000,000,000,000 question.

    Couple of themes are emerging from the winner’s circle…
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  • The Path: From Novice Investor to Master – with Adrienne Toghraie

    Posted on September 21, 2011 at 11:45 am UTC

    Join Adrienne Toghraie, master trading coach, and me on Tradestreaming to discuss the psychology of trading as she shares practical, actionable tips to better investor performance.

    In this special edition of Tradestreaming, we discuss:

    • finding and staying in your zone
    • 4 steps for bettering use of trading time
    • how to discover your ideal strategy
    • 10 rules to be more professional in your practice
    • how to learn and make mistakes well
    • much more!

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