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June 5, 2020, 2:23 p.m. EDT

How empathy can make you a better person — and a better investor

We have to empathize to understand the rationality of other people when we analyze racism, the inherent unfairness in centrally manipulated markets, or anything else that deals with money and power

By Cody Willard, MarketWatch

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo walks arm-in-arm with a woman during a 'Justice for George Floyd' event in Houston on May 30.

People around the world want peace, security, freedom and stability. They are motivated to do things that achieve those goals.

The definition of motivation is “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” And it would be almost impossible to understand what trends are developing and why, without being able to understand why a particular individual or a particular demographic or a particular organization acts the way they act.

Cody Willard writes the Revolution Investing investment newsletter for MarketWatch and posts the trades from his personal account at TradingWithCody.com.

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