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Podcast 18: Financial Snap Judgments and the PowerCost Monitor

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Today’s first guest is David Adler, behavioral finance expert and author of Snap Judgment: When to Trust Your Instincts, When to Ignore Them, and How to Avoid Making Big Mistakes With Your Money. Tom Dziubek and I discuss with the author the elements of good financial decision making.

Tom Dziubek also speaks with Peter Porteous, CEO of Blue Line Innovations, creator of the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor. The PowerCost Monitor is a device that can be installed alongside utility meters to build awareness of the levels of energy use within a household to encourage smart decision about reducing energy use and cost.

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[00:00] Introduction from Tom Dziubek
[00:41] Interview with David Adler, author of Snap Judgment
[01:16] Why people are such poor decision makers with their money
[01:45] The “disposition effect”
[03:20] Money managers using computer models vs. emotions
[05:13] Taking advantage of the disposition effect
[07:38] Snap judgments vs. well deliberated decisions
[09:58] Tips for investors to counteract their tendencies to make snap judgments
[14:19] Interview with Peter Porteous about the PowerCost Monitor
[14:51] Overview of the PowerCost Monitor
[16:20] Installation of the device
[17:22] Compatibility with meters in different countries
[19:16] Frequency interference risks
[19:52] Savings from using the device
[20:42] Portability of data
[22:16] Reaction from the utility companies
[24:26] Blue Line Innovations’ relationship with Black & Decker
[25:15] Battery details for the sensor and monitor
[26:57] End

We always welcome feedback from listeners. If you have any comments for this episode or for any other, or if you have suggestions for future episodes, please leave us comments here or email us at podcast at this domain name.

Updated December 15, 2017 and originally published August 23, 2009.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Seems like podcasts are all the rage for Personal Finance blogs these days. I’ve read about 6 today and you are the second one with a new podcast up.

I’ll add it to my list and try to give it a listen sometime soon.

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avatar 2 Luke Landes

Thanks, David! The Consumerism Commentary Podcast was planned for a long time before we got it off the ground.

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