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What happens inside our brains when we think about money? Quite a lot, actually, and some of it isn't good for our financial health. In Your Money and Your Brain, Jason Zweig explains why smart people make stupid financial decisions - and what they can do to avoid these mistakes. Zweig, a veteran financial journalist, draws on the latest research in neuroeconomics, a fascinating new discipline that combines psychology, neuroscience, and economics to better understand financial decision making. He shows why we often misunderstand risk and why we tend to be overconfident about our investment decisions. Your Money and Your Brain offers some radical new insights into investing and shows investors how to take control of the battlefield between reason and emotion.

Your Money and Your Brain is as entertaining as it is enlightening. In the course of his research, Zweig visited leading neuroscience laboratories and subjected himself to numerous experiments. He blends anecdotes from these experiences with stories about investing mistakes, including confessions of stupidity from some highly successful people. Then he draws lessons and offers original practical steps that investors can take to make wiser decisions.

©2007 Jason Zweig (P)2020 Tantor

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Must read for someone who has lost money in stocks

First off, I can't believe this book doesn't have more 5 star reviews. I can understand to an extent because Jason Zweig went in a lot of neurology and research that is hard for laymen to understand. Since, I'm in the medical field, it was very easy for me to follow the author. I would recommend not to get bothered by those details but to focus on the gist (message) from that section.
This book is a must for any investor as we can be our worst enemy when it comes to money. This book gave me a deep understanding of why we make those kind of mistakes when it comes to money. For me, it was like I was a slave of my own brain and made blunders when it came to investing my money. This book gave me a great perspective and helped me understand my own though processes better.
It is extremely well written and the narrator is exceptional as well. The author has a great knowledge on this subject. Every chapter is well written. Highly recommended book for all investors!

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Must Listen

Its great when someone like Jason Zweig takes the best work in psychology from superstars like Tversky, Kahneman, Thaler, Ariely and a host of others, and then uses it to illuminate how our brain leads us astray when investing.

As Buffett says, “By far the most important quality is not how much IQ you’ve got. IQ is not the scarce factor. You need a reasonable amount of intelligence, but the temperament is 90% of it.”

This book shines the light on that 90% of investment success and I plan to listen until I’ve absorbed it all.

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It's about "your brain", not "your money"

If you follow Jason Zweig's column on WSJ and like what he writes there, you may be disappointed about this book.

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Investing with Common Sense

Zweig has written a fantastic book explaining how to invest with common sense, detailing how we can each do it simply and also why many of us don’t, with some examples of investing horror stories (buy high, sell low).

Highly accessible book, even if you’re not financial literate, with great practical advice on how to beta your emotions and desire to get rich quickly.

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Interesting concepts, horrible narration

Narrator talks in a low tone, I have to turn up the volume to dangerous levels when I listen while driving or while eating.

But the content is great, I only wish it was more concise.

WARNING: whenever you buy a book from a guy who writes a LOT (Jason Zweig), expect the circumlocution to be OFF THE HOOK.

I much prefer books by people who write concisely. This book is more like an academic dissertation than an "enjoyable read".

That being said, I'd probably get the physical copy, so that I can skim over the boring/wordy/unnecessary parts.

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Loved it!

This book is worth the price and more. The knowledge gained is invaluable, this more than a financial fitness book.

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So so

Best insight is that nobody knows or can predict the financial market place. Average book.

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A must have book for any one interested in investing

The scientific proof for any fact mentioned in the book is the best of this book. There are no out of the bloom phrases and so called facts, everything in this book is based on research, even the most astounding statements. In short a must have book.

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Finally some answers

Finally, a book with answers to why we do what we do with money! This is a must listen!