Signs Your Emotions Are Hindering Your Investing Performance

One of the most underrated aspects of quantitative trading is its ability to eliminate irrational decision-making in investing or trading. This topic is not discussed enough, yet it is one of the most crucial factors that contribute to success in trading and investing. In this video, I want to explore how quantitative trading achieves this. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.

Welcome! If you’re new to the channel, my name is Matt Jimenez. I’m an entrepreneur who has worked with the greatest minds in finance over the last several years, and I’m here to share with you everything they have shared with me.

When it comes to trading and investing, there are a plethora of inputs that lead to decision-making. These decisions may be impulsive and regretted later or well-thought-out and beneficial. Regardless, something influences these decisions, dating back to the beginning of time. External circumstances often conflict with our internal circumstances, leading us to make decisions influenced by emotions.

Today, I want to discuss how our decisions are influenced by our emotions, especially in trading and investing. Whether you’re a professional or a novice, you cannot eradicate emotions from the marketplace. However, understanding your emotions and how they impact your decisions allows you to recognize when you’re being influenced by them, preventing irrational choices. No matter how logical you think you are, emotions can override logic. Behavioral finance and behavioral economics study how emotions impact decisions, particularly in trading and investing.

All of us, knowingly or unknowingly, use behavioral finance in our daily activities. For instance, mental accounting refers to how people allocate specific amounts for specific purposes. Today, I want to discuss a few other prominent behaviors in trading and investing.

The first one is loss aversion. Loss aversion means people tend to feel the pain of losses more strongly than the pleasure of gains. This can lead to investors selling winning investments too early to lock in gains and holding on to losing investments, hoping they will bounce back. This is very common, even in my own trading practices. We often seek instant gratification from a profit, preventing us from letting winners run, while we hold on to losers due to the strong emotional impact of loss.

Next, overconfidence. I, too, have been subject to this. Overconfidence leads investors to overestimate their ability to predict the market and make successful trades. This can result in excessive trading, higher transaction costs, and poor investment performance. Overconfidence often arises from intermittent winnings, where a few successful trades fuel excessive confidence, leading to detrimental effects on the portfolio.

Third is the herding behavior. Herding behavior involves investors following the crowd, making investment decisions based on others’ actions rather than their own analysis. This can lead to asset bubbles and market crashes. A prominent example is the dot-com bubble, where investors flocked to tech stocks, driven by fear of missing out, leading to inflated prices and eventual crashes.

Finally, the anchoring bias. This bias affects experienced investors, anchoring their decisions to a particular price or value. This can lead to holding investments longer than necessary or missing opportunities to buy or sell. For example, if you bought Bitcoin at $10,000, you might be reluctant to buy more as the price increases, anchoring to the initial purchase price and missing further buying opportunities. This bias can also prevent selling at optimal times due to emotional attachment to the asset.

These are just a few of the many psychological influences in behavioral finance that can destroy your portfolio if not addressed. This is why most people lose money in investing and why financial advisors exist. However, there’s a solution: quantitative trading. Quantitative trading involves software that trades on your brokerage account, making all the decisions for you, thus eliminating emotional variables.

If you want to learn more about quantitative trading or the software involved, click the link in the description to speak to someone who can provide more information. If you found value in this video, please leave a like, comment, or subscribe. As always, my friends, peace.

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