Finology

where investing meets investors

 

This is a special interest subsection of our wider Perspectives library in which we present finology perspectives.

In our society, it’s critical that every individual has a clear perspective about money, and the role that it plays in their present and future well-being.  But money means different things to different people. People also have different perspectives on money, based on their past experiences.

Finology explores the relationship between human beings and money in our society. It is the emerging (and converging) research field covering the study of minds, customs and behaviours with respect to money. It incorporates behaviour finance and much, much more. 

At PortfolioConstruction Forum, our particular passion for finology is as it applies to the giving and receiving of quality investment advice. Finology complements our technical portfolio construction continuing education programs, and our philosophy of enabling better quality portfolio construction knowledge, wisdom and skills, to improve the financial well-being of individuals and help build healthier communities.

Watch - What is finology? (3 mins)
-
Graham Rich, Publisher, PortfolioConstruction Forum

Read
our Finology Backgrounder
"What is finology?" by riskinfo
"Attitude to money impacts advice delivery" by Wouter Klijn
"Introducing financial planning 'finology'" by Simon Hoyle

Meet
our Chief Finology Officer, Dr David Lazenby
 

Finology library

  1. Achieve client goals with minimum discomfort

    Observing how a client makes financial trade-offs can provide a more accurate measure of their risk preferences than if we ask questions about what they think they would do.

    Shachar Kariv, University of California, Berkeley | 18-07-17 | 1.00 CE | More
  2. What do we know about investor irrationality?

    It's become conventional wisdom that under-performance is due to the irrational invest-ment behavior of individuals. It's time to question whether conventional wisdom has even a scintilla of meaning.

    Michael Edesess, EDHEC-Risk Institute | 04-07-17 | More
  3. Buying happiness and satisfaction with greater cash reserves

    The classic view of cash when investing is that it's something to minimise. But a recent study found that we're just not content without a healthy allocation to cash. In fact, pushing investors to put all their cash to work increases their financial stress.

    Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View | 29-06-17 | More
  4. Masterclass NZ 2017 - Resources

    Masterclass NZ is a post-graduate extension program focused on contemporary issues that are fundamental to building better quality portfolios. The one-day program is comprised of five research-based, active learning sessions:

    16-06-17 | More
  5. Revealing a client's true preferences

    Game theory, econometrics and distributed computing power can reveal a client's true preferences for risk, loss, uncertainty, time and goals – with scientific precision and in terms that clients can understand.

    Shachar Kariv, University of California, Berkeley | 02-06-17 | 0.50 CE | More
  6. Buy Low, Sell High. It sounds simple but clients need a framework

    Clients benefit from understanding the investment journey. Having prepared responses to scenarios improves the chance of success.

    Douglas Isles | 01-06-17 | 0.25 CE | More
  7. About Finology Summit

    Finology Summit is THE behavioural finance (and much, much more) program of the year. It will further improve the way you relate with individual investors - and/or help others who must do so.

    01-05-17 | More
  8. People know what to do. They just need to do it!

    Can clients easily change their behaviour? The theory of planned behaviour can help to promote real change and convert intentions into outcomes.

    Joanne Earl, Flinders University | 01-05-17 | 1.00 CE | More
  9. A client's life is a mix of stocks & bonds

    It is time to properly account for risk characteristics of client’s most valuable asset - their human capital. This isn’t easy to implement and places practitioners in a difficult situation...

    Moshe Milevsky, York University | 24-03-17 | 1.00 CE | More
  10. Behavioral biases & hierarchy of retirement needs

    Research suggests we mentally account for income and assets with an intrinsic hierarchy of priorities - a "hierarchy of retirement needs". So retirement income strategies should be reframed to answer three questions.

    Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View | 23-03-17 | More
  11. About Summit

    The annual PortfolioConstruction Forum Summit consists of two completely separate, back-to-back, one-day onstage programs, each addressing one of our five core knowledge areas - Markets Summit (debate the outlook for the markets) and Finology Summit (learning how to better relate to investors).

    21-03-17 | More
  12. 2017 Finology Summit - Resources Kit

    Finology Summit 2017 featured a stellar lineup of finology experts offering their best high conviction idea/thesis on how the winds of change are impacting how investors think and behave with respect to money, and how we can better relate with them (and help others who must do so).

    01-03-17 | More
  13. Finology Summit 2017 - The winds of change - key takeouts

    Finology Summit 2017 focused on how "The winds of change" are affecting how investors think and behave with respect to money, and how we can better to relate with them. Here are our key takeouts.

    23-02-17 | More
  14. Mindset/Skillset/Toolset - the trifecta for success

    The key to influencing investors is to have the right mindset, build the right skillset and apply the right toolset.

    Troy Hendrickson, Duke CE | 15-02-17 | 0.50 CE | More
  15. Focus investors on goals with a retirement spending policy

    A formal, written spending policy can help investors focus on what's really important - will they meet their goals?

    Tim Farrelly, farrelly's | 15-02-17 | 0.25 CE | More
  16. An investment philosophy is critical

    This workshop will help you develop a clear, communicable, logical and understandable investment philosophy, deciding what's important and what's not.

    Graham Rich, PortfolioConstruction Forum and Tim Farrelly, farrelly's | 15-02-17 | 1.00 CE | More
  17. Buy Low, Sell High sounds simple but clients need a framework

    Clients benefit from understanding the investment journey. Having prepared responses to scenarios improves the chance of success.

    Douglas Isles, Platinum Asset Management | 15-02-17 | 0.25 CE | 2 comments | More
  18. The Advice Tipping Point is imminent - panel

    Our panel discusses the steady stream of disruption around the delivery of financial advice.

    Panel | 15-02-17 | 0.25 CE | More
  19. Empathy is the essential skill to survive

    The key trait for relating to investors in the future will be the one skill that our brains are not programmed to receive from a computer - empathy.

    Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View | 15-02-17 | 0.50 CE | More
  20. People know what to do to change their circumstances. They just need to do it!

    Can clients easily change their behaviour? The theory of planned behaviour can help to promote real change and convert intentions into outcomes.

    Joanne Earl, Flinders University | 15-02-17 | 1.00 CE | More
  21. The winds of change and the 4IR

    Strong winds of change are blowing - we appear to be entering a new age of populist and economic nationalism. What does it all mean for the outlook for the markets?

    Graham Rich, PortfolioConstruction Forum | 15-02-17 | 0.25 CE | More
  22. The Advice Tipping Point is imminent

    Regulatory tailwinds, fee pressure, unbridled experimentation around the delivery of advice - it's a steady stream of disruption. Ironically, technology is both our poison and antidote.

    Stig Nybo | 15-02-17 | 0.50 CE | More
  23. Backgrounder: 5 Megatrends driving portfolio construction

    In 2002, we embarked on a quest to identify the secular forces which would substantially influence markets over the coming decade. We proposed five megatrends - which still drive portfolio construction today.

    Will Jackson, PortfolioConstruction Forum | 13-02-17 | More
  24. Empathy is the essential skill to survive the Robo threat

    With the onward marching of computing power, our transition from being "knowledge workers" to "relationship workers" may be here sooner than we realise.

    Michael Kitces, Nerd's Eye View | 10-02-17 | 2 comments | More
  25. The 4th industrial revolution

    We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In the end, it all comes down to people and values.

    Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum | 10-02-17 | More
  26. Loss aversion, "FoMo", anxiety and mistiming

    Four common behavioural problems make the journey of investing particularly challenging for many investors. An understanding of each help investors stay the course and meet their goals.

    Douglas Isles, Platinum Asset Management | 10-02-17 | More