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Publication Name: Emotional Finance

Brief description: Taking a look at our emotional and psychological relationships with money and finance

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Owner Name: Mark Fenton-O'Creevy

Joined: February 25th, 2013


Emotional Finance wrote a new blog post titled On holding losers and selling winners: our emotional brains and the disposition effect

(594 days ago)

Emotional Finance wrote a new blog post titled Is it financial or emotional bankruptcy that cripples relationships?

(618 days ago)

Emotional Finance wrote a new blog post titled Advertising and impulsive spending

(952 days ago)


Money fractures marriages, drives wars, inspires art, motivates some people to great achievements, leads others to despair. Fear, desire, love, hate, jealousy, anger, anxiety, relief, shame and many more shades of emotion may attach to money in the course of an ordinary day. Yet, economic accounts of human financial behaviour focus on reasoned weighting of information and the utility of different courses of action. Back in the mid-nineties, whilst working as a researcher at London Business School, I got involved in a major research project looking at the risk taking behaviour of traders in investment banks.

We were struck by how readily and how articulately many of the traders talked about their emotional experience of trading. This triggered my continuing interest in emotions and financial decision-making as I moved to the Open University Business School. I continue to do research on traders but have also increasingly looked at private investors and at everyday financial decision making. Most recently myself and Adrian Furnham collaborated with the BBC to produce the Big Money Test.

In this series of blogs I plan to bring together some of the online and media resources I like or have been involved in creating and write some fresh material inspired by recent events and research. I hope to shed some light on what often gets missed by economists; the rich emotional relationships we all have with money and the financial decisions we make.