The Overconfident Investor

April 03, 2023

Confidence can be enchanting.

A person can fall head over heels for a love interest they find confident.

People like to follow self-assured leaders.

We like our CEO and politicians to at least appear like they know what they are doing.

News flash: they don’t always know.

Confidence is one thing, but overconfidence can cause one to be spellbound with one’s own opinions and lead to ruin.

The risk-takers apparent certainty can lead them to make foolish decisions that decimate their wealth. The play-it-safe person’s don’t-tell-me-what-to-do attitude can lead them to make unwise decisions that shrink their wealth too.

This is a universal problem that all human beings are prone to.

The Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and bestselling author, Daniel Kahneman, has been researching human behavior and decision-making for years. According to one of his interviewers1, guess which behavior Kahneman would like to eliminate with a magic wand…


None of us are immune.

Be aware of it and try to avoid it.

It not only can be one of the main culprits that jacks up a person’s investments and financial plan, it can mess up your life.



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