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The Psychology of Money

Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness

By Morgan Housel
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About the Author

Morgan Housel

Morgan Housel is a partner at The Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. He is a two-time winner of the Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, winner of the New York Times Sidney Award, and a two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.

Contents Listing

Introduction: The Greatest Show On Earth
1. No One's Crazy
2. Luck & Risk
3. Never Enough
4. Confounding Compounding
5. Getting Wealthy vs. Staying Wealthy
6. Tails, You Win
7. Freedom
8. Man in the Car Paradox
9. Wealth is What You Don't See
10. Save Money
11. Reasonable > Rational
12. Surprise!
13. Room for Error
14. You'll Change
15. Nothing's Free
16. You & Me
17. The Seduction of Pessimism
18. When You'll Believe Anything
19. All Together Now
20. Confessions
Postscript: A Brief History of Why the U.S. Consumer Thinks the Way They Do
Endnotes
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Greatest Show On Earth
1. No One's Crazy
2. Luck & Risk
3. Never Enough
4. Confounding Compounding
5. Getting Wealthy vs. Staying Wealthy
6. Tails, You Win
7. Freedom
8. Man in the Car Paradox
9. Wealth is What You Don't See
10. Save Money
11. Reasonable > Rational
12. Surprise!
13. Room for Error
14. You'll Change
15. Nothing's Free
16. You & Me
17. ...

Jacket Text

Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people.

Money—investing, personal finance, and business decisions—is typically taught as a math-based field, where data and formulas tell us exactly what to do. But in the real world people don’t make financial decisions on a spreadsheet. They make them at the dinner table, or in a meeting room, where personal history, your own unique view of the world, ego, pride, marketing, and odd incentives are scrambled together.

In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.

Professional Reviews

It’s one of the best and most original finance books in years. Jason Zweig

Morgan Housel’s new book clarifies – with razor sharp and accessible insight - that building wealth is a mindset problem, not an investment problem. This is the first book any investor should read; in conjunction with a good index fund, becoming wealthy lies within everyone’s grasp. Tim Hale, Managing Director at Albion Strategic Consulting and author of Smarter Investing: Simpler Decisions for Better Results

Morgan Housel is that rare writer who can translate complex concepts into gripping, easy-to-digest narrative. The Psychology of Money is a fast-paced, engaging read that will leave you with both the knowledge to understand why we make bad financial decisions and the tools to make better ones. Annie Duke, Author, Thinking in Bets

Few people write about finance with the graceful clarity of Morgan Housel. The Psychology of Money is an essential read for anyone who wants to make wiser decisions or live a richer life. Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of WHEN, TO SELL IS HUMAN, and DRIVE

The Psychology of Money is bursting with interesting ideas and practical takeaways. Quite simply, it is essential reading for anyone interested in being better with money. Everyone should own a copy. James Clear, Author, million-copy bestseller Atomic Habits

Morgan Housel is one of the brightest new lights among financial writers. He is accessible to everyone wanting to learn more about the psychology of money. I highly recommend this book. James P. O’Shaughnessy, Author, What Works on Wall Street

Housel's observations often hit the daily double: they say things that haven't been said before, and they make sense. Howard Marks, Director and Co-Chairman, Oaktree Capital & Author, The Most Important Thing and Mastering the Market Cycle


Media Coverage

CNBC

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BullionVault

To write engagingly about investment is almost impossibly hard, but Morgan Housel makes it look effortless. He has been ably assisted by editor Craig Pearce (with whom we had the pleasure of working ...

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Alex & Books

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The Wall Street Journal

"... it’s one of the best and most original finance books in years."

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MoneyWeek

In his latest book, The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel cites the Stanford professor Scott Sagan, who “once said something everyone who follows the economy or investment markets should hang on ...

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David Perell

I revere Morgan's writing, and this episode was my chance to finally ask him about how he writes so well. We talk about why listening to loud music helps Morgan think, lessons from his favorite ...

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Masters in Business

Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Morgan Housel, who is a partner at Collaborative Fund and author of the new book "The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and ...

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The Pomp Podcast

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Think Advisor

If the initial goal is to get rich, how, then, do you stay rich? There’s only one way: Be guided by a mix of frugality and paranoia, Morgan Housel, financial writer and partner in the Collaborative ...

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Forbes

Housel isn’t a perma-bull on the economy — he’s a realist. As an author who just wrote a book titled “The Psychology of Money”, Housel says the big lesson 2020 taught us is to expect ...

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz speaks with Morgan Housel, who is a partner at Collaborative Fund and author of the new book "The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and ...

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Wall Street Journal

Join The Wall Street Journal's "Intelligent Investor" columnist, Jason Zweig, as he sits down with Morgan Housel, a blogger and venture capitalist. They'll discuss Morgan's new book, "The Psychology ...

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The AlphaMind Podcast

We chat with Morgan Housel author of the new book ‘The Psychology of Money’, a book described by the Wall Street Journal as "one of the best and most original finance books in years".

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CNBC

CNBC's Kelly Evans breaks down the market sell-off with Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund and author of “The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed and Happiness.”

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BloombergQuint

BQ Conversations | Morgan Housel talks about his latest book--The Psychology of Money and how investors should view global equities right now.

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The Economic Times

Housel, whose latest book The Psychology of Money hit the market on September 8, said access to information is no longer an edge to investors nowadays.

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Seeking Alpha

Listening to Josh Brown and Morgan Housel discuss Morgan's new book, "The Psychology of Money" on Josh's podcast this week was well worth the 30 minutes. Josh talked about bloggers and those bloggers ...

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The Compound

Morgan Housel is one of the finest investment writers of our generation. His book, out this week, is destined to become a modern classic. Not only will you enjoy breezing through each of these highly ...

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North Star Podcast

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The Motley Fool

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Publishers Weekly

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Seeking Alpha

I am really enjoying reading Morgan Housel's thoughts on money. The quote that struck me this week is from an interview he gave in a press tour for his new book, "The Psychology of Money". Reilly's ...

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Forbes

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India Infoline News Service

I just finished reading Morgan Housel’s The Psychology of Money, a wonderful book on investing. Reading it will not make you identify the next Apple, but will make you a better investor. ...

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