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"Ravee Mehta's book is a true breath of fresh air. Through observation and experience, he deduced much of what brain science is teaching about decision making under uncertainty. In a world that still misunderstands human risk decision making, this is an incredible step in the right direction!" - Denise Shull, Author of Market Mind Games


"It is well written and it makes you think about using both emotional factors with qualitative factors.  It will make a solid addition to your investment library." - Bud Labitan, Author of The Four Filters Invention of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger


"It encouraged me to self-reflect more and use empathy, social awareness, technicals and intuition in a more systematic manner while investing." - Shiv Puri, Managing Director and Founder or First Voyager Advisors


"The Emotionally Intelligent Investor is well-written, enlightening, educational and will help any investor make better financial decisions for themselves and their clients.  I highly recommend it." - Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D., Author of The Emotionally Intelligent Financial Advisor

"I devoured this book, scanning through all the best chapters. 90 minutes later I was done. It totally resonated with me. I thought, 'I should have written this book.' That means I loved the book." - Nick Nansen, Founder of Nansen Investments

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: LES Publishing (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615688322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615688329
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked this book a lot. One of the first things mentioned in this book is a problem that I, and I have to assume many traders, deal with. It is the issue of selling too early, leaving "money on the table" and exiting a trade before it hits your designated sell zone or before it comes to fruition. The author admits (and I appreciate the honesty) that this is a problem that he has grappled with and still deals with. The author suggests that this issue is tied into shame and regret. In other words, there is a sense of shame that develops from having had a profit turn into a loss and obviously, along with that, there is a sense of regret. In my case, I'm not really tuned into a sense of shame, but the regret issue truly strikes a chord. Later in the book the author does implement strategies that deal with these issues. I have always felt the psychological component to be the most important part of the trading equation, but the author states that an edge in the markets is composed not only of a mental edge but also the ability to see patterns and to see them in a way in which they are not seen by the crowd. There are multiple illustrations of real trades and the explanations behind these trades. The author is a successful investor and once worked for George Soros as well as Karsch Capital Management. He now works for himself and manages his personal wealth. In the world of professional performance (investments, athletics, entertainment, etc, I do tend to listen a bit more to someone that has hands on experience. This may be a flaw, I realize that many with no experience in a particular discipline can teach us a lot about that discipline, but I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's interesting to hear from a player and not someone in the dugout).Read more ›
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in investing. The book is broken down into three parts: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness and Intuition.

In the beginning of Part 1, the author describes the various biases that impact decision making. These behavioral biases have been written about in other books and while good to review, I was already familiar with many of them. This part of the book would probably be more helpful to individual / non-professional investors. However, the book starts to get more unique towards the end of Part 1 when a framework for matching personality traits and motivation with investment style is discussed. I always thought that impulsive and emotionally sensitive people could not be good investors. I now realize that they still can be good, or even great, as long as they adopt an investment approach that fits with their personality.

Part 2 is where the book really gets worthwhile and after reading it, I understand why the author started out with listing so many behavioral biases in Part 1. Everyone has heard of the Warren Buffett quote about "being greedy when others are fearful." I now better understand this statement. A big part of investing success involves taking advantage of the mistakes of other people. It may not sound nice, but the fact is that whenever you buy a stock, someone else is selling it to you so one of you is going to be wrong. After understanding and reviewing the behavioral biases and after showing how you can improve self-awareness to avoid making common mistakes, the author provides a process for how to identify and take advantage of others' poor decisions. I found chapter 8 (Demystifying Technical Analysis) to be the best chapter in the book.
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BACKGROUND: Similar to the author, I invest for a living, focusing primarily on tech stocks. My assessment is written from the perspective of someone who lives/breathes investing and is constantly looking for ways to perfect my trade.

QUICK ASSESSMENT: I would strongly recommend this book to any individual who is looking to improve their investing skills, ranging from an aspiring investment professional to those simply managing their IRA/401K. The author provides actionable advice for value and growth investors alike. I only wish I would have had this resource available to me when I started my career as a junior research analyst!

A LITTLE MORE DETAIL: The author, Ravee Mehta, has a clear sense of how core financial analysis and research skills, combined with a strong work ethic, can positively contribute to generating attractive investment returns. Luckily for the reader, we are not forced to rehash a set of topics for which there are countless, great reads. Ravee recognizes that these "hard skills" are (relatively) easy to replicate. Therefore, "investment edge" is likely sourced elsewhere. He identifies a set of "soft skills" that are more difficult to define, and as a result teach. That said, Ravee adeptly proceeds to lay out an easy-to-follow and instructive dialogue on how an investor can understand and improve their soft investment skills, which include self awareness, empathy and intuition.

While the premise of the book is itself unique, brilliance is found in the manner that the author addresses these seemingly nebulous concepts (i.e. self awareness, empathy and intuition). The author supports his explanations with numerous real world examples, which is especially helpful in Chapter 8, "Demystifying Technical Analysis".
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