Behavioral Finance Course Overview

Behavioral finance is the study of the influence of psychology on the behavior of financial practitioners. In course, you will learn about the wide range of decision making biases and information processing errors that influence our financial decision making.

We’ll start the course with what behavioral finance is and how it impacts on financial markets. We will then explore the most common self-deception biases, cognitive biases, and emotional biases. We will discuss their causes and potential measures you can take to manage them. We’ll finish the course by discussing loss aversion and the herding bias.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what behavioral finance is, how it differs from modern finance, and how it impacts on financial markets
  • Describe the most common self-deception biases, their causes, and potential measures you can take to prevent them
  • Understand cognitive biases and explore their root causes with real life examples
  • List the most common emotional biases and discuss their causes with examples
  • Understand loss aversion and other biases that contribute to its effect
  • Study the herding bias and other social factors that distort decision-making

Behavioral Finance Is an Elective Course of CFI’s CMSA™ Program

CFI’s Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™ program covers all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about sales and trading, investment banking, and asset management. This program teaches you trading strategies used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to trade different asset classes. The program is completely online so you can take it at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Common career paths for students who take the CMSA™ are Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Wealth Management, Treasury, Risk Management, and other capital markets careers.

Who Should Take This CMSA™ Course?

This Behavioral Finance course is perfect for anyone who wants to be well rounded in their analysis. This course is designed to equip anyone who desires to begin a career in fixed income, equity, sales and trading, or other areas of finance.

What You'll Learn


Behavioral Finance

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Approx 4.0 hrs to complete


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What Our Students Say

Paul Elias Kandiwo

Excellent delivery of the course. The structure was perfectly arranged and the instructor was very elaborate, using practical illustrations and references.
Teka Derick Tikum
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Good financial psychology that guides you in decision- making in the finance industry and societies as a whole. Has really shaped my cognitive behaviors when facing financial decisions. Thanks, CFI.
Mustafa Mustansir
My very first experience into Behavioural Finance- Loved it!
This is the first time I've learned about behavioral finance. The course made it very interesting! It was very well taught and explained. Loved it!
Barbara Alvarez
Behavioral finance is fascinating!
This is a very interesting course. Behavioral finance is fascinating! The course does a great job in covering a wide range of decision-making biases and information processing errors.
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Rustom Rupand
I really like this area of finance and the way Scott explains it is very insightful, thanks!

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The Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™ program will teach you the many asset classes, trading strategies, and procedures used in the capital markets. It is ideal for any student who wants to work in capital markets, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side. This program will give you the experience to make investment decisions and utilize appropriate trading strategies for different scenarios.


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