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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Dec 22, 2014

My guest today is Charles Faulkner, an author, trader, and an expert on modeling the knowledge and performance of exceptional individuals. He was originally featured in “The New Market Wizards” by Jack Schwager.

The topic is trading psychology.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • The notion of fictional people and why famous figures in finance are “fictional”
  • The importance of narratives, stories, and metaphors
  • The halo effect and deluding ourselves
  • The difference between a story and a strategy
  • The nature of independent thinking; herd behavior
  • Ego, ignorance, and authority
  • The five different types of minds: the experiencing mind, the imaginative mind, the reasoning mind, the reflective mind, and the generative mind
  • System one and system two
  • Why words don’t change people but experience does
  • Experience base and the difference between amateur and professional traders
  • The two kinds of market wizards
  • Language in the context of the five different types of minds
  • The importance of asking “how” does the market work over “why”
  • The importance of luck and time in the case of Warren Buffett
  • Why you shouldn’t get your excitement from trading

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