What is Financial Psychology?

Financial psychology is the study of the mind and behavior as it relates to spending, saving, and investing decisions. Financial psychologists apply psychological theories, methods, and practices to the areas of personal finance and financial services. The field takes into account both individual differences in money-related behaviors and decisions as well as client psychology, that[…]

Partnering with the Financial Therapy Association

Few would argue that the relationship between our financial psychology and the decisions we make about money-related matters is weak. Many of us know what the “right” answer is when it comes to our saving, spending, and investing behaviors, but the translation from what we know we should do and what we do can be[…]

Is Your Risk Tolerance Assessment A Cosmo Test?

If you have ever taken a quiz entitled “How to tell if your boyfriend is cheating on you” or “Answer these five questions to learn to see if you’re a good friend,” then you’ve probably taken something akin to what we call a “Cosmo test.” Your answers to just a few questions will result in[…]

Financial Psychology Assessments: Holding Up The Mirror

“My neighbor is driving me crazy. She always says she’s the most frugal person she knows, but she’s spending every dime on *&#$* at Target. It’s not frugal. It’s stupid.” A friend recently shared this sentiment with me, and it is an excellent example of the fact that some of us aren’t great at evaluating[…]

Gambling With the Assessment of Risk Tolerance

In his “Intelligent Investor” column in the September 7, 2019 print edition of the Wall Street Journal, Jason Zweig wrote about an idea that we’ve thought about a good deal in the recent past: the fact that not all risk tolerance assessments are created equal. In the piece, Mr. Zweig—himself an accomplished and noted author[…]