Episode 5:
How people invest with Nikki Matthews

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In this week’s episode hosts Dan Mikulskis and Mary Spencer are discussing the psychological and behavioural elements of investing with LCP consultant Nikki Matthews. At the end of the day markets are just a collection of people, and all investors make decisions influenced by emotion, so human psychology plays a big role. This is particularly relevant in times of big market volatility like we see today.

They discuss:

  • Why investors that did simple rebalancing outperformed those that didn’t following 2008
  • The influence of fear and other emotions when it comes to investing in volatile times
  • Loss aversion, what it means and how it manifests itself
  • How behaviour can be one of the biggest risks in investing
  • The power of stories and how these can influence us for good or bad
  • How regret and action bias cause us to sometimes do things when we shouldn’t
  • How the status quo influences our behaviour in ways it shouldn’t
  • Why rebalancing is one of the most under-appreciated things in investing
  • Nikki’s love of singing rock music, and her views on Queen vs the Rolling Stones

Most importantly they cover the three key things Nikki believes investors can do to combat some of these biases:

  • Checklists
  • Pre-mortems
  • Decision logs

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