EQ & Investments: Bull, Bear Or HumanMarkets are supposed to be rational, but with an economic system based on scarcity, how do investors behave with emotional intelligence? Experts in behavioral econ...
EQ & Investments: Bull, Bear Or Human
Markets are supposed to be rational, but with an economic system based on scarcity, how do investors behave with emotional intelligence? Experts in behavioral economics and emotional intelligence tell us we sell winners too soon and hold onto losers too long...
The ability to accept loss and feel the regret we might have may be the greatest obstacle to gaining wealth. Lacking EQ, investors are more likely to hold on to losers too long. Why? We avoid the "negative" feelings, and rather than feel the remorse, we want to move beyond it--into some action that will give us back what we lost. The losses that hit us hardest are the first few dollars we lose, so additional losses aren't as painful. With this increased risk tolerance we tend to throw more good money after bad. We're emotionally wired to avoid pain. And, given a positive move or a negative one of the same amount, there's more intensity on the negative side.
We are more driven to avoid regret than to have pride. So while we hold losers, we also tend to sell winners too soon. Rather than wait for a small gain to grow, we tend to take our profits too soon. Why? Because every additional dollar of gain gives us less satisfaction.
Investors are also resist change--even beneficial change. The more choices we have, the more we tend to stay in status quo. The EQ of investing would tell us --do your homework, pick carefully, determine a minimal downside loss and upside gain. The EQ challenge then, is self-managing the emotions that come with taking rational action in a scarcity system.
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