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How to Avoid Emotional Investing

Jessica Cutter
June 9, 2024
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One of the greatest influences on investors across the board is their emotions. Despite experience and knowledge, no investor can control their cognitive and emotional reactions 24/7. The array of information pounding at the mind causes mistakes that disrupt a portfolio. Whether fear, greed, enthusiasm, or a mix of all three, investment errors happen when emotions play a role. But with alphaAI, investors can avoid human error with technology that provides risk-adjusted returns and comparable buy-and-hold strategies based on data, not emotion.

Understanding Emotional Investing

Emotional investing refers to making investment decisions based on emotions rather than data and rational analysis. This often leads to suboptimal outcomes and can significantly impact an investor's portfolio. Common emotional triggers include:

  • Fear: Panic selling during market downturns.
  • Greed: Overinvesting in a bull market, hoping for continued gains.
  • Herd Mentality: Following the crowd without independent analysis.
  • Overconfidence: Believing in one's ability to predict market movements accurately.

These emotional responses can lead to buying high and selling low, which is the opposite of a successful investment strategy.

Common Emotional Investing Instigators

The road investors travel is filled with influential factors regardless of a bull or bear market. In a bull market, one might be too excited about potential gains and miss out on the opportunity to sell. In a bear market, one may panic and pull all their money out of the market immediately. These emotions are triggered by a variety of factors, including:

  • News and Media: Sensational headlines can cause panic or euphoria.
  • Market Sentiment: General market mood can influence individual decisions.
  • Global Events: Political and economic events can trigger emotional reactions.
  • Market Volatility: Fluctuations can lead to fear and irrational decisions.
  • Herd Mentality: Following others without independent analysis.

Other people's actions are one of the largest influences in investing, not data or cultivated formulas, but human behavior. The factors around the world and close to home can put an investor off from smarter choices, leading to that instinctual reaction taking over. A gut feeling is usually right, right? But not if the gut feeling is based on everyone else's perception.

The Results of Emotional Investing

The result of emotional investing isn’t always negative, but it isn’t optimistic either. Although investors jump into profitable trends or back out at appropriate times, fear of failure hinders potential gains and worsens losses.

When the United States entered a bull market in 2023, investors were slow to capitalize on the developments in the market and missed opportunities for investments. The market sentiment from the pandemic dragged into 2023, social and political factors intensified, and global events cultivated anxiety. All of these factors instigated fear. The fear of investors results in emotional investing, not investing based on the data. With alphaAI, a tech and ML (machine learning) approach can avoid those emotional investment decisions.

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How alphaAI Eliminates Emotional Investing 

The point of alphaAI isn’t to eliminate the control of investors, but rather, to enhance the understanding of market movements through billions of data points to put portfolios in better positions. An investor cannot maintain the same strategy in a bear market in a bull market. On top of that, the emotional stress of going from one market to the other clouds decision-making and slows down adaptability. That is why alphaAI has incorporated four modes into every investment strategy. 

The AI technology evaluates the market conditions and will automatically adapt to those movements. 

The four modes include:

  • Surge Mode: When market conditions are ideal, your portfolio switches to Surge mode to capitalize on market upside.
  • Steady Mode: Under normal market conditions, your portfolio switches to Steady mode for balanced results.
  • Cautious Mode: When the markets are uncertain, your portfolio switches to Cautious mode to minimize losses.
  • Defense Mode: Under poor market conditions, your portfolio switches to Defense mode to focus on capital preservation.

The AI technology utilizes several decades of data spanning over 10,000 global stocks. It picks up on patterns, performs with predictive capabilities, and uses multiple models (a single model has over 10 billion data points) to make decisions. The different modes aren’t influenced by the latest news or events but by the trends that occur in data with immediate adaptability to avoid losses, get gains, and put your portfolio in the best position. 


Regardless of market conditions, an appropriate strategy will result in long-term benefits. Unfortunately, emotions often dictate investment decisions, so to counter that, alphaAI provides rationality and data-driven strategy to investors. The common pitfalls of emotional investing, triggered by factors like news, market sentiment, global events, volatility, and herd mentality, will be put to the side by leveraging technology and four modes to meet market needs. Automatically adapt to the market with alphaAI.

By incorporating AI into your investment strategy, you can minimize the impact of emotional investing errors and achieve more consistent, data-driven results. Embrace the future of investing with alphaAI and take control of your financial future.

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