Mean Markets and Lizard Brains

Mean Markets and Lizard Brains

How to Profit From the New Science of Irrationality

Book - 2005
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Everyone from journalists to market pros are turning to behavioral finance to explain, analyze, and predict market direction. In contrast to old-school assumptions of cool-headed rationality, the new behavioral school embraces hot-blooded human irrationality as a core feature of both individuals and financial markets. The 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to scholars of this new scientific approach to irrationality. In Mean Markets and Lizard Brains, Terry Burnham, an economist who has a proven ability to translate complex topics into everyday language, reveals the biological causes of irrationality. The human brain contains ancient structures that exert powerful and often unconscious influences on behavior. This "lizard brain" may have helped our ancestors eat and reproduce, but it wreaks havoc with our finances. Going far beyond cataloguing our financial foibles, Dr. Burnham applies this novel approach to all of today's most important financial topics: the stock market, the economy, real estate, bonds, mortgages, inflation, and savings. This broad and scholarly investigation provides an in-depth look at why manias, panics, and crashes happen, and why people are built to want to buy at irrationally high prices and sell at irrationally low prices. Most importantly, by incorporating the new science of irrationality, readers can position themselves to profit from financial markets that often seem downright mean. Mean Markets and Lizard Brains skillfully identifies the craziness that is part of human nature, helps us see it in ourselves, and then shows us how to profit from a world that doesn't always make sense.

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Revealing the biological underpinnings of irrational behavior, the author discusses the impact of primitive structures within the brain on business decisions, showing readers how they can move beyond their survival-attenuated "lizard brain" to succeed in investing.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2005
ISBN: 9780471602453
Branch Call Number: 332.6 B9356m 2005
Characteristics: x, 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 07, 2010

I bought this book after reading it, I was a terrific read on emotions and investing. This book was recommended to me by the investor Tom Stanley of resolute funds in Toronto.


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