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Fighting the dark forces to financial success

A good investor is privy to the ‘dark forces’ of human nature that derail rational, profit making behaviors. 

Shihan Abeyguna 18 January, 2017 | 16:35
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‘The Force’ is a metaphysical and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars fictional universe. In the story, the Jedi utilize the "light side" of the Force, while the Sith exploit what is known as the "dark side". The Force has been compared to aspects of several world religions, and the iconic phrase "May the Force be with you" has become part of the popular culture vernacular.

In Star Wars the Force was "largely a mystery" - however in investing, there are predictable behaviors that take otherwise smart investors off-track into the abyss of doom. Successful investing is hard, but it doesn't require genius. In fact, Warren Buffett asserted that it's not so much raw brain power you need, but temperament "to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing".

A good investor is privy to the ‘dark forces’ of human nature that derail rational, profit making behaviors. As much as anything else, successful investing requires the ability to identify and overcome one's own psychological weaknesses.

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Shihan Abeyguna  Shihan Abeyguna is the Head of Business Development for South East Asia. 

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