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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Behavioral Finance by Duke University

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About the Course

We make thousands of decisions every day. Do I cross the road now, or wait for the oncoming truck to pass? Should I eat fries or a salad for lunch? How much should I tip the cab driver? We usually make these decisions with almost no thought, using what psychologists call “heuristics” – rules of thumb that enable us to navigate our lives. Without these mental shortcuts, we would be paralyzed by the multitude of daily choices. But in certain circumstances, these shortcuts lead to predictable errors – predictable, that is, if we know what to watch out for. Did you know, for example, that we are naturally biased towards selling investments that are doing well for us, but holding on to those that are doing poorly? Or that we often select sub-optimal insurance payment plans, and routinely purchase insurance that we don’t even need? And why do so many of us fail to enroll in our employer’s corporate retirement plans, even when the employer offers to match our contributions? Behavioral finance is the study of these and dozens of other financial decision-making errors that can be avoided, if we are familiar with the biases that cause them. In this course, we examine these predictable errors, and discover where we are most susceptible to them. This course is intended to guide participants towards better financial choices. Learn how to improve your spending, saving, and investing decisions for the future....

Top reviews

Feb 25, 2020

Good course! There is just one thing I would improve here - an explanation of the mistakes after the tests are done. This improvement should increase the student`s understanding of specific topics.

May 2, 2018

This course was a very good sum up of Daniel Kahneman's thinking fast and slow. Definitely recommend to everyone who would like to know more about our flaws or would like to refresh your knowledge.

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By Rafael W

Nov 21, 2016

The lectures dont cover all the subjects discussed.

I would be delighted to listen to lectures about economic bubbles and non rational behavior.

By Aditya B

May 31, 2020

There is a lot( A LOT) of reading. Though content is very good. Would have been better if more of the reading part was explained in videos.

By Gerald S

Jul 24, 2019

I feel the course needs more scaffolding and further explanation of the abstract concepts to gain further understanding before the quizzes.

By Marai C W

Aug 19, 2016

I think this course is great as an introduction to behavioral finance, however I think the content lacks depth and is rather superficial.

By Ute O

Dec 20, 2019

Would definitely need detailed answers to questions, esp after the quizzes. Week one was great, but struggled with Weeks 2 and esp. 3.

By Ishita D

Feb 17, 2018

Its really nice to learn about this as it helps investors in making decisions after considering their irrational behaviour

By Vanchhit R

Dec 27, 2018

The course is well designed, especially the case study examples. However, exercise questions are not that clear.

By Ali A

Jun 13, 2020

Video material was not sufficient, some quiz questions were not mentioned neither in the reading nor lectures

By Venkat C

Jul 8, 2017

Good concepts but the lectures were a bit 'all over the place'. No as structured as I would have expected.

By Lori C

Apr 30, 2018

Basic introduction to Behavioral Finance - mostly application of terms on exams that did not tie to lect

By Fernando R

Aug 21, 2017

A more in depth course would be great. this barely scratches the surface. but as an intro it works well.

By Kelsey S

Nov 7, 2020

Valuable information but the quizzes lack clarity and explanation. Would suggest auditing if anything.


Jul 11, 2020

The course content is extremely good but the answers and explanations to the quizzes must be provided.

By Eduardo E U V

Nov 27, 2018

You should divide week two in 2 or 3 weeks. The concepts are interesting but nor very well explained.

By R R

May 4, 2020

Certain concepts were not clear. Had difficulty in understanding the terms with appropriate examples

By Parv C

Sep 21, 2017

Not very easy to understand specially for someone without much background on finance and economics.

By Sara H

Jun 1, 2018

Good information provided. A little bit hard to keep up pay attention to the video lectures.

By Iurii O

Jun 23, 2020

Interesting topics, but the quality of the course, materials and tests is just disgusting.

By Vasiliki P M

Dec 28, 2020

Very interesting information but this course needs more videos for better understanding.

By Christian E L R

Aug 14, 2020

Its a little confusing, and the videos do no have all the material needed for the exams

By Scott B

May 16, 2018

Felt like most quiz questions were related to concepts not covered in the materials.

By Omar B

Aug 28, 2017

The lectures need to be improved and increased instead of putting more readings

By Eddie C

Nov 1, 2017

There could be more explanations of behavioural biases in each example given.

By Punahele A

Nov 21, 2021

C​ourse content was good but the tests didn't reflect course content.


Jun 4, 2020

More videos, inclusive of illustrations, can improve it a lot