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The Standard Deviations podcast is a weekly production that looks at money, mind and meaning, all through a psychological lens. Each week, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Crosby interviews a fascinating new guest, experts in everything from finance to literature to wellness. Each guest provides listeners with three concrete ways to apply what was learned that week, ensuring that weekly listening becomes part of a path to a richer life. Episodes are brief, resear ...
 
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Tune in to hear: - What are some problems that money solves well and what are some problems it does a poor job of solving? - Has Carl recently pivoted a bit in his career to focus more on the philosophical or, more broadly, “life stuff?” If so, why? - Has Carl found any common thread between people who feel a sense of security, both financially and…
 
Hilary and Roger follow up on DALL-E and discuss the main topic of the day – Twitter and whether there are any viable alternatives. Show Notes: Roger as Cowboy Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on G…
 
Tune in to hear: - What might account for the very low conversion rate following viral content on social media? - Are new followers a good metric for measuring the success of a post or not necessarily? - Why is it so difficult to “engineer virality” and why does this often fall flat? - Is it smart to try to monetize a viral moment with sponsored co…
 
Tune in to hear: - What are some of the most common misconceptions about Anika’s work and more broadly about those on the autistic spectrum? - What is ABA and why is early intervention so important? - What might account for the precipitous growth in autism spectrum disorders? Is it superior diagnostic abilities or something else? - Why do autism sp…
 
Tune in to hear: - What about the investment world clicked for Shannon, and drew her in, at such a young age? - Did Shannon start out as an analyst for a hedge fund manager or how did her career unfold? - Was it a difficult decision for Shannon to pivot from investment banking to managing a more DIY retail business? - What does RFG focus on in-part…
 
Tune in to hear: - How did Kurt grow TownSquare in a span of about 5 years and to what does he attribute this meteoric rise? - How does Kurt Brown believe that their OCIO function can help wire house advisors make the transition to independence? - When should investors look for passive vs. active exposure and how can we avoid paying extra for those…
 
Tune in to hear: - What has Tim found helpful in helping clients to articulate their life purpose in a practical way? - What is an effective life planning strategy for ultra-high net worth individuals that don’t have a super specific “raison d’etre?” - How can we practically communicate to clients that they are whole and how do we create an environ…
 
Tune in to hear: - A criticism that sometimes crops up is: what if this advisor didn’t sign up to be a therapist? What would Ashley say to this critique and what is the baseline set of therapeutic skills necessary for the average advisor? - When should a financial advisor make a referral to a mental health practitioner? - What is circular questioni…
 
Tune in to hear: - What can magic teach us about behavioral science and psychology and how does Paul marry these two worlds together? - How do magicians see the world differently? Does magic make you more or less skeptical and do you now move through the world differently as a result of knowing about the art of how the mind fools us and how we fool…
 
Hilary and Roger discuss Roger’s latest coffee conundrum, remaking the 2007 Apple store, and using DALL-E for ad campaigns. And Roger is hiring a postdoc! Show Notes: Roger’s Postdoc Ad: https://rdpeng.org/postdoc.html Bootcut Jeans Anthropologie Bootcut Jeans Uniqlo Bootcut Jeans Etsy Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List o…
 
Tune in to hear: - Dr. Hunt often questions - why am I hearing this now? Why is Dr. Hunt calling for greater thoughtfulness around timing? - How can we be thoughtful about “weaponized narratives” without succumbing to seeing boogeyman around every corner? - How do we think about this narrative formation process when it comes from the inside out? Is…
 
Tune in to hear: - Is this an era of particularly anti-college sentiments? - How can we incentivize the shift to better align societal needs with colleges? - How should you think about and weigh the personal passion angle vs. the job security angle when counseling families on potential college paths? - On average, how does being college educated af…
 
Hilary and Roger celebrate their podcast-iversary by discussing The Dropout, Hilary’s startup experience, and developing a totally straightforward system for living in two different locations. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on…
 
Tune in to hear: - What is the role of personal myth making in ameliorating the psychological crisis of modernity that we find ourselves in? - Thinking about the current state of generalized despair at play in the world - are we consuming the wrong messages as we move through the world? - What is the 1st step in Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey? - …
 
Tune in to hear: - Which of the ideas from ‘The Psychology of Money’ does Morgan find most useful in his own life? If he had to re-release the book today, what would he change about it or omit from the book? - What did Morgan expect readers to takeaway from the book and how does that contrast with the feedback he has received from readers? - How ap…
 
Hilary and Roger are back after a short break to discuss Roger’s new job, the meaning of data science, and limited liability algorithms. Show Notes: UT Austin Statistics and Data Sciences Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts S…
 
Tune in to hear: - Taylor was recently publicly criticized on social media. How did he think through how to thoughtfully craft his reaction to this and how did the community he's built help insulate him from this? - What role should community play for advisors and what can community provide that you couldn’t necessarily get through self-study or ot…
 
Tune in to hear: - What is “all duration investing” and what behavioral upside might this approach have for investors? - How can you better organize a bucketing approach to reflect those investments’ time horizons? - What about the tendency for all time horizons to become today in the face of behavioral pressure - how can we protect ourselves from …
 
Tune in to hear: - A lot of the best content creators in this industry are a bit edgy. How can very large companies create good content when they are almost, by definition, required to not be edgy? - If your brand wants to be honest about who they are - how do you begin to introspect and have that conversation? - What’s a potentially interesting br…
 
Tune in to hear: - What can Alex share about his financial literacy startup, Futurvest, and what needs or gaps did he see in the financial literacy space? - Knowing what we know about behavior, what does effective financial literacy education look like? - Is there a way we can take the fight of financial literacy to an institutional level? Also, is…
 
Tune in to hear: - What are some of the psychological mechanisms that make our vision of ourselves so cloudy at times? - If Melina hoped to draw out a deeply personal answer to the question “what are your financial goals,” how would she go about constructing the question? - What are the hallmarks of a psychologically sophisticated brand and what is…
 
Hilary and Roger reflect on rstudio::conf(2022) and follow up on assumptions vs. constraints for statistical methods. Show Notes: Introduction to Modern Statistics Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast …
 
Tune in to hear: - What does Ashvin propose as a better measure of investor success above risk adjusted returns? - What are the two main reasons why we invest? Ashvin thinks that, with a traditional portfolio, we will be disappointed with at least one of these two dimensions at any given moment - why is this the case? - What is the three-tiered inv…
 
Hilary and Roger discuss the upcoming RStudio Conference and figure out what talks Roger should go to. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Find past episodes Contact us at n…
 
Tune in to hear: - Why is it often complicated to offer a simple and elegant solution for the common behavioral dilemmas that advisors face? - Why might psychological shortcuts potentially lead to gender bias in asset allocation? - Are there any salient differences between men and women, on average, in regards to risk tolerance? - How can we system…
 
Tune in to hear: - What role does positive psychology play in financial planning? More broadly, what is positive psychology and how is it differentiated from the popular conception of behavioral finance as the study of bias? - What is the “three good things” intervention and why does it work? Is it applicable in a financial context as well? - What …
 
Hilary and Roger follow up on TikTok, Twitter, and then discuss why statisticians are so bad at training people in data analysis. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Find pa…
 
Tune in to hear: - As one of the founders of the discipline of financial therapy, what light can Dr. Archuleta shed on the origin story of this unique discipline? - What are the lines of demarcation between financial planning, financial therapy and traditional therapy? Should financial planners look to make referrals, when necessary, for financial …
 
Tune in to hear: - How did Nick land on a kinder, more gentle approach, to personal finance? - What is the least conventional bit of financial advice that a reader may come across in Nick’s new book? - Nick’s new book states that most savings advice is problematic - where does he differ from the conventional wisdom with respect to savings advice? -…
 
Hilary is fresh from raising capital and Roger thinks they should start a TikTok account. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Find past episodes Contact us at nssdeviations …
 
Tune in to hear: - If Tim could personify himself as a guitar, what type of guitar would he be? - Tim thinks that engagement, performance and persuasion all begin with behavioral science and that behavioral science begins with the unconscious. What does this mean from a scientific perspective and how can we tap into these unconscious motivations? -…
 
Tune in to hear: - When we narrow down the financial advisors to those who we would trust to manage our spouse’s or parent’s finances, Steve thinks that we do so largely on behavioral factors alone. Which behavioral considerations make someone a trusted advisor? - From the outside looking in (i.e. if you don’t personally know an advisor beforehand)…
 
Tune in to hear: - Jeff is known on Twitter for his complex deep dives into the world of tax legislation - what got him interested in this in the first place? - What is keeping us from a more simplified tax code? Is it really as complicated as it appears or is there some subterfuge here where the complexity is just a feature and not a bug? - When J…
 
Hilary and Roger discuss deprecated packages, the tidyverse ecosystem, the end of fashion, creators and platforms, and whether certain people understand data science. Show Notes: Paper that Roger Meant to Write but Didn’t Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe …
 
Tune in to hear: - What was Drew’s experience studying under Richard Thaler like? - Drew thinks that you have to hold a willingness to be right and to be wrong in equal measure at all times - is this something that Thaler modeled in his behavior and how does he think about this in the context of his own firm? - What’s an analogy we can draw between…
 
Tune in to hear: - Where are we at, as an industry, in terms of the application of behavioral sciences to the world of work? Where does Jez see us headed next or what’s his outlook for the industry? - Compared to something like tech, where does the financial industry fall on the adoption curve of behavioral sciences? - In what field might we have t…
 
Hilary and Roger discuss testing apps on iPods, updating R packages and getting the “email” from CRAN, and going back to conferences. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Fin…
 
Tune in to hear: - What are some of the primary drivers of asset flows from a behavioral perspective? - Soft factors account for a lot more of clients’ decision-making process about their assets - what is the takeaway, for asset managers and financial advisors, from this revelation? - What are the three different types of trust that Herman breaks d…
 
Tune in to hear: - Has Kurt ever noticed a problem that isn’t ostensibly behavioral in nature that ended up being behavioral? - How can we craft a cohesive work culture without contributing to problems like group think? - From a leadership perspective, how can we open ourselves up to new ideas and not fall prey to confirmation bias? Also, if we are…
 
Tune in to hear: - How did Peter get started reviewing frozen pizzas? - What is it that most people misunderstand about investing? - How does Peter, as an advisor, go about crafting a vivid and salient personal vision for his clients? - How can you bring clients back to a vision of their future selves in a difficult moment? - How, practically, does…
 
Tune in to hear: - How does technology shape the way we act? Sometimes we don’t even know the water that we are swimming in with regards to technology - how can this induce us to make good or poor decisions? - Is there a way that tech can facilitate some of the soft skills of client interaction (e.g. care, empathy and connection)? - What role shoul…
 
Hilary and Roger discuss Docker for analytic pipelines, deep learning, the right/wrong way to get feedback, and the future of Twitter. Show Notes: Fit without fear: remarkable mathematical phenomena of deep learning through the prism of interpolation Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standa…
 
Tune in to hear: - How has Meb’s world, and domestic, travel shifted the way he thinks about investment? - What is Meb’s least popular idea about investing? - Why is it so important to codify and pre-commit to your own sell strategy? - What is Meb’s “red light, green light” approach? How does he think about market timing and tactical asset allocati…
 
Hilary and Roger talk about Hilary’s new job as Chief Technology Officer of Indyx. Show Notes: Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts Subscribe to the podcast on Google Play Find past episodes Contact us at nssdeviations @ gmail…
 
Tune in to hear: - What are some of the flimsy tethers in peoples’ lives that keep them from achieving financial greatness? - If an advisor’s number one job is not to make you money, what might it be? - What are the 11 different dimensions of wealth that Seth’s firm lays out? How did he arrive at these? - How do these provide a helpful framework fo…
 
Hilary is back from special assignment in the Yukon. She and Roger talk about prediction modeling (and how Hilary hates it), self-driving cars, and chatting (or not) with virtual agents. Show Notes Tensorflow MacOS Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not So Standard Deviations book Subscribe to the …
 
Tune in to hear: - How does Dr. Bookstaber think about and define risk in the most practical terms possible? - Does the way people like us talk about risk differ in an overly academic way from how people in the street think about it? - Which of the sort of commonly discussed current risks seem legitimate to Dr. Bookstaber and which might loom large…
 
Roger welcomes back Lucy D’Agostino McGowan to the show to discuss building prediction models and how they may or may not relate to causal inference. Show Notes: Lucy D’Agostino McGowan Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped. Support us on Patreon Roger on Twitter Hilary on Twitter List of NSSD Fellows Get the Not …
 
Tune in to hear: - Dr. Portnoy says we’ve created a “Behavioral Finance entertainment complex that does very little to help real people make real decisions.” What does he mean by this? - Do you think we overlook the good behavioral finance has done because the good is subtle and simple? - What does he see as the good, the bad and the ugly of “nudgi…
 
Tune in to hear: - Are various addictive behaviors (e.g. gambling, drug abuse) potentially symptoms of a larger societal issue? - What percentage of people in standard therapy might benefit from a finance-centric therapeutic approach? - What are some of the most common, or universal, expressions of financial dysfunction that Dr. Lutter sees in her …
 
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