Be the Expert: What would you tell this novice investor?

If there is one thing that drives me crazy, it’s “experts” who make a quick buck off of ignorant people by recommending products that are NOT in their best interest. One of my readers, Matt, recently emailed me for advice about applying the suggestions in my book. He was considering switching his mutual funds to index funds and asked ...

The psychology of buying high and selling low

It's easy to sit around and lecture people to cut back on spending, pay off debt, and get control of their finances. That's what so many financial advisers and writers do -- yet they never stop to ask themselves why so few of their readers actually follow through. So today, I want to introduce you to Carl Richards, one of ...

The Debt Ceiling

I'm just back from vacation, and my brother reminded me of a line I used to use in one of my talks. I'd joke how the only way your government bonds would become worthless is if the government defaults..."and the government doesn't default, it just prints more money." Always good for a laugh. Yet the situation in Washington is ...

What about my fears?

We all have ridiculous things we used to believe (I outlined many of them in Why Do Delusional People Think Their Spending Will Be Different Than Other People's?) Stupidly, I genuinely used to think that "fear" was a physical feeling. So when people asked me, "What do you fear?" I would shake my head and say, nothing really. It took ...

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44% of people plan to never invest again

A recent survey shows that 44% of people plan to never invest money in the stock market again. "Prudential, which polled more than 1,000 investors between the ages of 35 and 70 online earlier this year, found that 58% of those surveyed have lost faith in the stock market. Even more alarming, 44% said they plan to never invest ...

Persuasion Classroom: Don’t try to help everyone

I believe in trying a lot of things, getting really good at a few, then turning around and teaching other people how to do it. I did this with money, negotiation, earning more, and I'm doing it with psychology and behavioral change. But I don't believe in helping everyone. As I've written before... Imagine the world has As, Bs, and ...