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As we learn more about behavioral economics and neural finance, we’re beginning to understand more and more about human decision making and the investment process.

In an interview a few weeks ago with Jason Apollo Voss, I explored intuition’s role in his success as a portfolio manager.

  1. moving beyond just facts: investing is hard because facts are only true in the present and past — they don’t tell you what the future has in store for markets or stocks.  Investors are looking beyond “what we currently know “and moving into “getting what we want to know”.  Enter intuition.
  2. tapping investor intuition: Voss believes mental pollution clouds our judgment and coaches investors to remove the clutter.  In his framework, it’s not behavioral finance’s obsession with why we make poor emotional decisions.  Rather, it’s looking at the left brain and how that obstructs good decision making.

Voss uses a meditative process to fully tap the power of his cognitive and creative capabilities.

What are you using to move beyond your limitations?

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