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Investor psychology: a behavioural explanation of six finance puzzles

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  • Henriette Prast

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This paper surveys the behavioural finance explanation of six puzzles of finance. These puzzles are: stock price under- and overreactions, excessive trading and the gender puzzle, financial hypes and panic, the equity premium puzzle, the winner/loser puzzle and the dividend puzzle. After an introduction of prospect theory and a description of heuristics and biases in the judgment of information, the paper applies behavioural insights to explain the puzzles.

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Paper provided by Netherlands Central Bank, Directorate Supervision in its series Research Series Supervision (discontinued) with number 64.

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Date of creation: Mar 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dnb:ressup:64

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