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Jason Zweig: Temperament Is Everything for Most Investors

The author and The Wall Street Journal columnist discusses the current trading frenzy, the scorn for expertise, the road to a fiduciary standard, and more.

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Our guest on the podcast this week is The Wall Street Journal columnist and author Jason Zweig. Jason became a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal in 2008. His weekly column, “The Intelligent Investor,” is a must-read for people inside and outside of the investment industry. Jason is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor. And he is the author of Your Money and Your Brain, which explores the neuroscience of investing. He also wrote the Devil's Financial Dictionary, which is a satirical glossary of Wall Street.



Jason’s twitter handle: @jasonzweigwsj

Your Money and Your Brain: How the New Science of Neuroeconomics Can Help Make You Rich

The Devil’s Financial Dictionary

Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel

Life and Fateby Vasily Grossman

Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happinessby Morgan Housel

Matt Levine, Bloomberg Opinion Columnist

Jesse Livermore, Philosophical Economics

Nick Maggiulli, Ritholtz Wealth Management

Michael Batnick, Ritholtz Wealth Management

Ben Carlson, Ritholtz Wealth Management

Joe Weisenthal, Bloomberg

Tracy Alloway, Bloomberg

Robin Wigglesworth, Financial Times

Research Institute: Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns, Yearbook 2021 Summary Edition

Georgarakos, D. & Pasini, G. 2011. “Trust, Sociability and Stock Market Participation,” Review of Finance, Vol. 15, No. 4, P. 693. 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Investment Policy and the Competent Stranger,” speech by Charles D. Ellis,, April 7, 1988.

Feynman, R.P. 1974.“Cargo Cult Science,” Engineering and Science.



Stock Market 101: Teaching the Wrong Lessons?” by Jason Zweig,, May 8, 2015.

How to Keep Your Cool When Markets Are Sizzling,” by Jason Zweig,, April 23, 2021.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Bitcoin When You’re Hungry,” by Jason Zweig,, May 21, 2021.

You Can’t Invest Without Trading. You Can Trade Without Investing,” by Jason Zweig,, June 18, 2021.

Robinhood Trader’s Battle Cry: ‘It’s All Just a Game to Me,' " by Jason Zweig,, March 26, 2021.

Jason Hsu: China Is ‘the Last Great Remaining Alpha Reservoir,' " The Long View Podcast,, April 20, 2021.

ETFs and Index Funds

The Stock Got Crushed. Then the ETFs Had to Sell,” by Jason Zweig,, Jan. 31, 2020.

The Story Behind the Market’s Hottest Funds,” by Jason Zweig,, Jan. 15, 2021.

ETFs: What They Are and How They Can Fit Into Your Investment Portfolio,” by Jason Zweig,, May 20, 2021.


Jason Zweig’s Proposal to Scrap 401(k)s,” by John Rekanthaler,, Feb. 26, 2019.

Wishful Thinking in a World Without Yield,” by Jason Zweig,, June 18, 2021.

The Safe, High-Return Trade Hiding in Plain Sight,” by Jason Zweig,, May 28, 2021.

The Funds That Make You Buy Low and Sell High,” by Jason Zweig,, Aug. 30, 2019.

Financial Advice

The Intelligent Investor: Saving Investors From Themselves,” by Jason Zweig,, July 1, 2013.

The First Line of Investing Defense? You,” by Jason Zweig,, March 8, 2019.

Looking for a Financial Planner? The Go-To Website Often Omits Red Flags,” by Jason Zweig and Andrea Fuller,, July 30, 2019.

Financial Advisor Fee Trends and the Fee Compression Mirage,” by Michael Kitces,, Feb. 8, 2021.

Want to Get Rich Quick? Who Can Stop You?” by Jason Zweig,, May 7, 2021.