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Know Your Behavioural Biases: Hindsight

Know Your Behavioural Biases: Hindsight

Behavioural Bias Number 9 – Hindsight We often say hindsight is 20/20 – looking back, it was perfectly clear all along. It’s often an expression of regret – we should have done X when in fact we did Y and now look what’s happened. Once we’re far enough away to assess...
Know Your Behavioural Biases: Herd mentality

Know Your Behavioural Biases: Herd mentality

As Monty Python’s eponymous hero of ‘The Life of Brian’ once famously declared ‘You are all individuals’. We’d certainly like to think we are – from our choice of clothes, our holiday destinations or the cars we drive, right through to whether we’re a flat white...
Know Your Behavioural Biases: Greed Bias

Know Your Behavioural Biases: Greed Bias

As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Schmich famously said, “Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.” It’s good advice, but it’s only part of the picture....
Know Your Behavioural Biases: Framing Bias

Know Your Behavioural Biases: Framing Bias

Seeing the whole picture is something we’re frequently advised to do, in finance and other walks of life. It’s important to step back and look at the full picture – the problem is that our advanced human brains are often doing just the opposite of that. To function in...