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    Provides insights from psychology to explain financial market behaviour. Provides hands-on experience using SAS, Bloomberg, and DataStream to examine the relationship between investors’ trading patterns and anomalous behaviour of asset prices.

    Behavioural finance helps us understand the psychological factors that drive changes in market prices. Recent research shows that the majority of stock market anomalies are driven by investors’ behavioural biases. Almost all investment funds use behavioural finance theories to manage investments. For example, most factor-based investing (e.g., investing to capture momentum, high dividend yield, or small size premium risk factors) is linked to behavioural finance theories. Furthermore, several investment companies have launched specialised “behavioural funds”. Some of the largest behavioural funds are issued by JP Morgan and Fuller & Thaler Asset Management. Behavioural finance is also a significant component of all the CFA exams: Levels I, II, and III. Therefore, behavioural finance graduates are in high demand.

    About this paper

    Paper title Behavioural Finance
    Subject Finance
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,196.41
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    Suitable for graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in working with financial institutions.


    Teaching staff

    Co-ordinator & Lecturer: Dr. Muhammad A. Cheema

    Paper Structure


    Bloomberg Terminal Sessions


    Ackert, L & Deaves, R 2010, Behavioral Finance: Psychology, Decision-Making, and Markets, 1st edn, Cengage Learning.

    Course outline

    View the course outline for FINC 444

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of how individuals make financial decisions and guidance on improving financial decision-making in themselves and others.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22
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