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Economic Rockstar

Mar 19, 2015

Greg Davies is Managing Director and Head of Behavioural Finance at Barclays.  He joined the firm in December 2006 to develop and implement commercial applications drawing on behavioural portfolio theory, the psychology of judgment and decision making, and decision sciences.

Today Greg leads a global team of behavioural and quantitative finance specialists, and is responsible for the design and global implementation of Barclays’ Investment Philosophy.

Greg is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and his first (co-authored) book, ‘Behavioral Investment Management: An Efficient Alternative to Modern Portfolio Theory’, was published in January 2012.

He is co-curator and co-creator of Open Outcry - a reality opera based on the stock market trading floor.

Greg has authored papers in multiple academic disciplines, presents at academic and industry conferences, and is a frequent media commentator on Behavioural Finance.  He is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Finance.

Greg studied at the University of Cape Town and obtained a degree in Economics, Philosophy and Finance. He followed this with an MPhil in Economics and a PhD in Decision Theory and Behavioural Finance from the University of Cambridge.

Find out:

  • what is Behavioral Economics/Finance
  • the disconnection between economics and psychology.
  • how Kahneman and Tversky were ‘swimming up-stream’ to bring common sense to economics.
  • why viewing the world through biases is harmful to behavioral finance.
  • why the ever-increasing list of biases may not be good for the behavioral finance field.
  • about System 1 and System 2 as popularised by Daniel Kahneman.
  • why it’s good to allow emotions to part of the portfolio decision-making process.
  • how to acquire the emotional comfort you need for your long-term financial objectives.
  • how to buy emotional insurance for your long-term investment portfolio.
  • how to avoid costly short-term emotional mistakes.
  • how psychometric tests can extract measures of financial personality.
  • why a set of nudges are designed to help high net-worth individuals to make better decisions.
  • how to build a tailored portfolio to meet your clients needs.
  • why you should consider including expected anxiety into your portfolio building along with risk and return.
  • what an opera experiment has to do with replicating the open outcry system of a trading floor.
  • how music can control your emotions while trading markets.
  • how Barclays Capital are improving the understanding of their clients by turning the lens on themselves.