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Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counter-intuition by Michael J. Mauboussin
Behavioral finance theory through the lens of a real money manager who rightly understands capital markets as complex adaptive systems.
Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers by Mervyn King and John Kay
Eloquent and erudite, a veteran of central banking reveals just how badly statistical models break down in the complexity and chaos of real circumstance.
Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible by William Goetzmann
If you don’t understand what money is, you don’t have much chance at investing well. Professor Goetzmann illustrates what money has been through civilization, and shows us what a catalyst it can be for human ingenuity.
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
A psychology scholar who made theories practical by becoming one of the best poker players in the world. Who better to learn from when making decisions in the face of incomplete information?
The Model Thinker by Scott E Page
The way you think is as or more important than the data you have. Scott Page gives us a magisterial view of the best and worst mental models, and how/when to apply them.
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene
Markets are systems of people, not numbers. No social theory, no non-replicable experiments, Robert Greene draws his views from the best wisdom texts of the world. Markets evolve rapidly, but human nature persists.
The Only Three Questions that Still Count by Ken Fisher
Unabashedly (Ken’s my boss!) the most practical and versatile system ever created for anyone taking on the challenge of beating the market.
A First Class Catastrophe by Diana B. Henriques
The only worthy study of the 1987 crash—you’ll learn so much history, market structure, and the folly of crowd behavior in this vibrant story.
The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel
So simple and true most will ignore this wisdom for fancier ideas. This is straight down the middle, clear, simple advice anyone can use to make better investment decisions.
Finance for Normal People by Meir Statman
From one who helped start it all, a complete picture of behavioral finance and its findings, written for “normal people” to enjoy.
About the Host
As Senior Vice President of Research at Fisher Investments and a member of Fisher Investments’ Investment Policy Committee (IPC), I spend a lot of time studying the financial services industry and investor psychology...
I specialize in behavioral finance, macroeconomic analysis and niche investing strategies, such as environmental social and governance (ESG). Since joining Fisher Investments in 2002, I have worked in many capacities—editor, writer and analyst—primarily within the firm’s Research Department. I read constantly and review books to provide analysis and feedback on what I liked, didn’t like or found interesting. In my podcast The Literate Investor, I interview famous authors—such as Professor Meir Statman or economist Dr. W. Brian Arthur—to discuss their books and how they might pertain to everyday investors. I have written six books of my own, including 20/20 Money: See the Markets Clearly, Gain Focus and Invest Better Than the Pros.
Prior to joining Fisher Investments, I worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. as a Corporate Finance Analyst in the Global Technology Group. I’ve also served as a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley on various investment management topics. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and a doctorate degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Field Psychology.
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