Investing State Versus Trait

If you have watched a fintech product demo that includes anything remotely related to financial psychology, you might hear the word “personality” thrown around a lot. For example, I heard one very confident salesperson recently refer to his platform as measuring “investor personality” when the tech was measuring the client’s current feelings about investing. Personality characteristics[…]

The Financial Planner Schema

What is a swim meet? Maybe you’ve never been to one, but I’ll bet that you have a concept in your head for what a swim meet is like. It may not be accurate or have been created from any direct experience, but you have some idea, or schema, for what a swim meet includes and[…]

Fundamental Attribution Error

Our latest financial psychology term describes how we can sometimes fall prey to errors in decision-making about others. The American Psychological Association defines fundamental attribution error this way: the tendency to overestimate the degree to which an individual’s behavior is determined by his or her abiding personal characteristics, attitudes, or beliefs and, correspondingly, to minimize the[…]

Altruism and Aging: Are We Getting Nicer With Age?

Article Title: Aging and Altruism: A Meta-Analysis Publication: Psychology and Aging Authors: Erika P. Sparrow, Liyana T. Swirsky, Farrah Kudus, and Julia Spaniol Older = More Altruistic? Previous research and theories related to altruism and aging have suggested that most of us become more selfless and “nicer” as we age. Altruism is generally defined as a tendency[…]

Stock Market Simulation Study: “Self-Directed” Men Win?

Article Title: Predicting Stock Market Performance: The Influence of Gender and Personality on Financial Decision Making Publication: Journal of Individual Differences (2021) Authors: Thomas Plieger, Thomas Grunhage, Eilish Duke, Martin Reuter Reviewer: Sean Bogart Examining Risk-Taking: Beyond Self-Report Studies A large amount of research assessing investor risk-taking has shown the presence of several factors that[…]