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Michael Bailey

​​A Behavioral Finance Framework for Optimizing Investment Portfolios

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Stop. Think. Invest. by Michael Bailey is a beginner's guide to investing that emphasizes the importance of slowing down and making informed decisions. It offers practical advice on creating a long-term investment plan and avoiding common mistakes.

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    Behavioral economics can help you make better investment decisions.

    For decades, investment opportunities didn’t get much safer than General Electric. What started as an electric lighting company in the late 1800s went on to become one of the most powerful and profitable conglomerates of the twentieth century. Everyone in America knew what the initials “GE” stood for, and even as the twentieth century was winding to a close, most investors believed that the company was in good hands and would continue to thrive.

    In late 2015, the former CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, painted a rose-colored future of booming profits due to new cutting-edge power plants, health-care technology, and jet engines. Immelt even set the ambitious goal of seeing GE’s per-share price rise from $1.20 to $2.00 in three years’ time.

    Alas, it didn’t pan out that way. Instead, between 2015 and 2018, the price per share dropped to a heartbreaking 65 cents. Along the way, many investors stubbornly went down with the ship. Why? Behavioral economics. Investors were blinded by emotions and biases that prevented them from seeing GE as anything other than a safe and reliable bet. GE’s CEO presented investors with a narrative they saw no reason not to accept – even when warning signs were obvious to outsiders.

    Behavioral economics is the study of how the social, psychological, and emotional facets of human nature play into the field of economics and investing. It represents a combination of cognitive behavioral factors that should be considered when making important financial decisions – such as knowing which stocks to pick, when to sit tight, when to sell or trade, and how much to invest.

    Author Michael Bailey has identified 12 steps in the stock-picking process – along with 100 cognitive behavioral coaching tips – that can help steer you in the right direction. While we won’t get into the details of each and every tip, we will highlight one or two from each of the 12 steps so you can avoid the major pitfalls that have been known to sink even the most seasoned investors.

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    What is Stop. Think. Invest. about?

    Stop. Think. Invest. (2022) takes a look at behavioral economics, a field of study that explores the roles of human emotion and behavior in financial decision-making. It examines how people’s unconscious biases and inherent aversions influence their decisions in every aspect of the investment process.

    Stop. Think. Invest. Review

    Stop. Think. Invest. (2021) is a practical guide on investment strategies and financial decision-making. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Offers clear and concise advice on investing, empowering readers to make informed decisions and grow their wealth.
    • Provides real-world examples and case studies to illustrate key concepts, making the content relatable and easily applicable.
    • Contains actionable tips and strategies that readers can implement immediately, increasing their confidence and success in the investment world.

    Who should read Stop. Think. Invest.?

    • Anyone curious about the field of behavioral economics
    • Investors who’d like to make better decisions
    • Would-be financiers interested in making their first investment

    About the Author

    Michael Bailey is a veteran stock picker and portfolio manager who previously worked at Bear Stearns and Raymond James. During his career he’s become an expert at using the tenets of behavioral economics to help guide his decisions. He is currently the director of research and the investment committee chair for Washington DC–based investment firm FBB Capital Partners. 

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    The main message of Stop. Think. Invest. is to approach investing with a mindful and strategic mindset.

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