Mike Elvin – Financial Risk Taking

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Author: Mike Elvin

  • Trading books are a form of accounting ledger that contains records of all tradeable financial assets of a bank.
  • Trading books are subject to gains and losses that affect the financial institution directly.
  • Losses in a bank’s trading book can have a cascading effect on the global economy, such as those that occurred during the 2008 financial crisis.

Financial Risk Taking

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Mike Elvin graduated in Psychology from the University of Sussex and subsequently received a scholarship from the Home Office to write a thesis at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

For some years, D. Elvin managed Community Mental Health Services in London, UK, and was seconded to the University of Kingston Business School to study Business Administration. At that time, he was trading stocks and shares part time with considerable success. He resigned his management post o undertake employment as a full-time trader and to develop trading systems with Tom Williams at Genie Software Ltd. Dr. Elvin teaches and writes on the psychology of trading, behavioural finance, and technical analysis giving individual tuition and seminars. He wrote Financial Risk Taking following research over eight years, which included interviewing home and professional traders, mainly in the UK. He holds approved status as an expert witness in Sweet and Maxwell’s Law Directory of Experts and is developing a diploma course for traders in the UK.

Areas covered include: 

  • Emotions – are they functional or disabling? How do the mechanisms of fear, greed and panic work?
  • Motivation and perception – how do belief paradigms affect perception and performance?
  • What perceptual errors influence decisions to the trader’s detriment?
  • Information processing and risk assessment – how does information overload affect Stress How does stress affect investment decisions?
  • Technological and mathematical anxiety – why do we avoid learning the skills we most need? What levels of ability are required?
  • Can psychological and biological theories assist in our understanding of investors’ performance?

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