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The View From Behavioral Finance

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How should the "fitness" of financial traders be measured? What drives the co-evolution of these fitnesses over time? Do sophisticated (informed) traders necessarily drive "noise traders" from financial markets? What are the basic "empirical stylized facts" for financial markets? How well are these stylized facts captured by standard financial models? By agent-based financial models? George Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism , Princeton University Press, 2009. Note: A short summary of ...
of individuals and institutions performing economic functions, including consumers, borrowers and investors, and their effects on market prices , returns and the resource allocation . The fields are primarily concerned with the bounds of rationality (selfishness, self-control) of economic agents . Behavioral models typically integrate insights from psychology with neo-classical economic theory . Behavioral analysts are not only concerned with the effects of market decisions but also with public choice , which describes another source of economic decisions with related biases towards promoting self-interest. Technical analysts ...
REVIEWS AND OPINIONS
Asset Bubbles Can't Be Eliminated - Finance: The Way Forward ...
Yes, banks' proprietary trading desks participated in the runup, credit default swaps facilitated speculation, and the creation of subprime mortgages provided fodder for dubious structured assets. But bubbles were prevalent long before any of those practices existed. No matter how hard Washington cracks down on them, the potential for bubbles will survive. Indeed, I reject even the possibility of legislating bubbles out of existence. For insight into whether future bubbles can be avoided, it is worthwhile to consider the various economic theories about the subject. One theory holds that there is no such thing as a bubble. ... market research, surveys and trends
how economic sociology is different from behavioral finance ...
.  Daniel provides an answer to the question of what makes them different, drawing of course on his own work in the social studies of finance. Both fields are interested in how market outcomes deviate from those you’d expect given the lens of the efficient market hypothesis, but Daniel asserts that behavioral finance looks to individual biases as a source of inefficiency while economic sociology focuses on the social conditions (e.g., technology) that cause deviations in pricing. Although their perspectives are quite different, Daniel’s post reminded me of something Ezra Zuckerman wrote in his 2004 ASR paper on the ... market research, surveys and trends

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According to recent surveys, there has been a significant drop in U.S. investor expectations among both advisors and individual investors.� An Investors Intelligence survey found that 29.2 per cent of financial advisors are negative on market outlook, while the American Association of Individual Investors found that nearly 51 per cent of individual investors are pessimistic. That's the highest level since the start of November 2009.� The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), often called the �investor fear gauge�, has also pointed to increasingly bearish sentiment. Used as the benchmark for implied market volatility, it has been ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Another View: Reining In the Rating Agencies
performed abysmally in rating subprime mortgage-backed securities. They gave their highest triple-A rating in many cases where a far lower rating was warranted. Investors bought the securities, relying on the ratings. The securities plummeted in value, with disastrous consequences not only for the investors and markets, but also for the economy. Last week, the Senate passed two amendments to the financial regulatory bill dealing with rating agencies, the Franken amendment and the LeMieux-Cantwell amendment. How well will these amendments work? The amendments seek to prevent future over-reliance on inaccurate ratings. To ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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COWLES FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS YALE UNIVERSITY
Oct 14, 2002 ... From Efficient Markets Theory to Behavioral Finance ... suggests a more nuanced view of the value of the efficient markets theory, and, ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Shlomo Benartzi - Behavioral Finance, the Market Crisis and ...
Oct 22, 2008 ... the opportunity to share with you my views on behavioral finance, the market crisis and retirement savings. My name is Shlomo Benartzi. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Housing and Behavioral Finance
Housing and Behavioral Finance. Christopher Mayer and Todd Sinai .... of a feedback mechanism or social epidemic that encourages a view of housing as ...
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