Behavioral Investing

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About this course: Through this course, you will learn how individuals and firms make financial decisions, and how those decisions might deviate from those predicted by traditional financial or economic theory. We will explore the nature of these biases and their origins, using insights from psychology, neurosciences and experimental economics on how the human mind works. From these biases, you will be able to examine how the insights of behavioral finance complement the traditional finance paradigm. We also look at the micro and macro biases. Finally, we will explore how these insights describe more complicated topics such as fat tail events and financial crises.

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About this course: Through this course, you will learn how individuals and firms make financial decisions, and how those decisions might deviate from those predicted by traditional financial or economic theory. We will explore the nature of these biases and their origins, using insights from psychology, neurosciences and experimental economics on how the human mind works. From these biases, you will be able to examine how the insights of behavioral finance complement the traditional finance paradigm. We also look at the micro and macro biases. Finally, we will explore how these insights describe more complicated topics such as fat tail events and financial crises.

Created by:  Indian School of Business
  • Taught by:  Vaidya Nathan, Lecturer

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WEEK 1


Behavioral Biases in Finance - Part 1



This module discusses the common behavioral biases experienced by individuals. All the biases are divided into 3 parts. After completing this module you will be able to explain different biases such as Overconfidence, Base rate neglect, Anchoring and adjustment, Cognitive Dissonance, Availability, Self-Attribution and Illusion of Control Bias.


8 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 0. Introduction
  2. Video: 1. Overconfidence Bias
  3. Video: 2. Representativeness Bias - Base rate neglect
  4. Video: 3. Anchoring and adjustment bias
  5. Video: 4. Cognitive Dissonance Bias
  6. Video: 5. Availability bias
  7. Video: 6. Self-Attribution Bias
  8. Video: 7. Illusion of Control Bias
  9. Reading: Using Behavioral Finance to Better Understand the Psychology of Investors
  10. Reading: The Mistakes We Make—and Why We Make Them

Graded: Assessment 1

WEEK 2


Behavioral Biases in Finance - Part 2



This module discusses the common behavioral biases experienced by individuals. All the biases are divided into 3 parts. This module deals with the second part. After completing this module, you will be able to explain different biases such as Conservatism, Ambiguity Aversion, Endowment, Self-control, Optimism, Mental accounting, Confirmation and Loss aversion.


8 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 8. Conservatism Bias
  2. Video: 9. Ambiguity Aversion Bias
  3. Video: 10. Endowment bias
  4. Video: 11. Self-Control Bias
  5. Video: 12. Optimism Bias
  6. Video: 13. Mental Accounting Bias
  7. Video: 14. Confirmation Bias
  8. Video: 15. Loss Aversion Bias
  9. Reading: Behavioral Finance: Theories and Evidence
  10. Reading: Fuel Your 401(k) with the Secrets of Behavioral Finance

Graded: Assessment 2

WEEK 3


Behavioral Biases in Finance - Part 3



This module discusses the common behavioral biases experienced by individuals. All the biases are divided into 3 parts. This module deals with the third part. After completing this module, you will be able to explain different biases such as Hindsight, Recency, Regret Aversion, Framing, Status Quo and sample size neglect.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: 16. Hindsight Bias
  2. Video: 17. Recency Bias
  3. Video: 18. Regret Aversion Bias 1
  4. Video: 19. Regret Aversion Bias 2
  5. Video: 20. Framing Bias
  6. Video: 21. Status Quo Bias
  7. Video: 22. Sample size neglect
  8. Reading: Women and Investing:A Behavioral Finance Perspective
  9. Reading: How Biases Affect Investor Behaviour
  10. Discussion Prompt: Hindsight Bias - Analyst Forecast

Graded: Assessment 3

WEEK 4


Psychographic models in Finance
This module discusses the 3 psychographic models in behavioral finance. After finishing this module you will be able to explain the three psychographic models and differentiate between them.


4 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Psychographic models 1
  2. Video: Psychographic models 2
  3. Video: Psychographic models 3
  4. Video: Conclusion
  5. Reading: Manipulate Me: The Booming Business in Behavioral Finance
  6. Discussion Prompt: Classifying investors into behavioral types

Graded: Comprehensive Assignment
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