• The Anxious Investor

  • Mastering the Mental Game of Investing
  • By: Scott Nations
  • Narrated by: Scott Nations
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A revelatory new guide to building wealth amidst stock market crashes and uncertain economic conditions, drawing upon financial modeling, behavioral psychology, and market history to offer practical advice to everyday investors.

Investing is scary. Never is that more true than during market pullbacks and recessions, whether the Great Recession of 2008; the brief, vertiginous COVID crash in 2020; or any number of recent smaller, yet still wrenching, periods of economic turbulence. We see those flashing red numbers and all semblance of “planning” or “risk tolerance” suddenly goes out the window. We wonder: Will I ever be able to retire? Should I be buying GameStop stock? What, uh, is this stock market thing, anyway?

Scott Nations has spent his career studying market volatility. His firm, NationsShares, is the world’s leading independent developer of volatility and option-enhanced indexes. In The Anxious Investor, he teaches listeners how to understand the markets, master their own fear, and make the most of their money.

In the first half of the book, Nations offers a quick, compelling rundown of the worst financial crashes in American history, focusing on their causes, the recovery, and the lessons each holds for today’s investors. Interwoven with these stories are fascinating cutting-edge insights into investor psychology: What makes investing so scary? What can behavioral science teach us about overcoming our “lizard brain,” which is notorious for making poor financial decisions? What can help us stay the course when the waters get choppy? In the book’s second section, Nations offers a roadmap that any investor can follow, with practical, easy-to-understand advice to help guide listeners through the three different types of market conditions (normal, crash/bear market, recovery).

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©2022 Scott Nations (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not based on real psychology, too basic/obvious

Most of the information is common knowledge to even the beginner investor. Isaac Newton though a great story is widely known to have lost money and his famous quote etc isn't some mystery. I was looking for real psychological definitions about the brain and ways of coping not just useless and obvious stories about the past.

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Percent stock at a young age

I have Greg probably 10 books on investing since 1990. This was a good book. However, I think that a person who is investing starting in their late 20s or early 30s should be 100% invested in the stock market for a long time. I do not see the advantage of bond funds or individually purchased bonds.

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  • 08-09-22

Interesting combination of history and psychology

Well written and informative book on investor psychology that uses interesting historical examples as illustrations.