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Is Rationalization the Key to Happiness?

Friday, 27 February 2009, 3:51 | Career, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Rationalization is a powerful defense mechanism which comes at the cost of self deception. Does honesty with oneself comes with a price in happiens? I’m incapable of rationalization. Perhaps it would be more accurate to state I can’t really rationalize well enough to convince myself (most of the times). Rationalization arguments ...

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Behavioral Finance in Everyday Life – The Lottery as a Case Study

Saturday, 31 January 2009, 3:33 | Book Reviews, Investing, Psychology, Risk Management | 0 Comment
by Numan

Is lottery a tax on stupidity or are our flawed psychologies playing another trick on us? My wife and I usually enjoy strolls around our neighborhood on weekends, especially on sunny winter days. We live in the city and in our last stroll I kept noticing lottery advertisements everywhere as if they were beckoning to […]

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Success: Who Dares Wins?

Saturday, 24 January 2009, 3:21 | Career, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Following the crowds won’t get you there After a couple of hours spent on a certain report or analysis I usually take 5 minutes to browse through my favorite news and finance sites to update on recent events and financial developments. This week, to my surprise, a familiar face looked back at me from the […]

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Valuation and Risk Measurement Models under Heavy Criticism – What Went Wrong?

Friday, 16 January 2009, 3:18 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Are valuation and risk measurement models as the root of all evil? In this crisis we witnessed a broken market. Financial institutions relaying on complex financial models for both valuation and risk management suffered heavy losses and saw their methodologies break before their eyes. Many valuation models and risk models literally stopped ...

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Is the Stock Market a Big Ponzi (Madoff) Scheme?

Friday, 26 December 2008, 1:23 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Looking into the notion of the western financial markets as a big pyramid scheme I’m sure many of you are familiar with the tale of monkeys and villagers that cleverly demonstrates certain aspects of the stock market. Here’s a short version for those of you who aren’t.

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The Madoff scheme – 4 Valuable Lessons

Saturday, 20 December 2008, 1:19 | Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

As always scandals present valuable lessons for us household investors When I heard for the first time about the alleged $50 Billion “Ponzi scheme” by Bernard Madoff I was not surprised. Not to say I had anticipated such a scheme or would have known it to be one had I invested my money. It’s just […]

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Key psychological factors in stock market success

Saturday, 13 December 2008, 1:18 | Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Psychology plays a key role in stock market success. Know these main key success factors. This is a repost of one of my favored posts. Much has been written on the part of psychology in stock market success. We’ve all witnessed recently just how crazy the markets can get. These lessons in psychology are probably […]

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The Wine Industry: A lesson in marketing

Friday, 28 November 2008, 18:44 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

An interesting thought experiment: How would you value your wine collection should the labels wash away? Yesterday I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a local boutique winery. The winemaker took us on a short tour through his winery explaining about the high quality of the local terroir, a French term used to denote the special […]

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