About the Author

Dr. Elior L. Kinarthy entered the investing world at age fifty-five by default when his father, David Kinarthy, a Los Angeles architect and writer, passed away and left him a small mutual fund account at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. His quiet professor lifestyle changed forever with a phone call from his dad’s broker.

After earning a BA in psychology from UCLA in 1968 and a PhD from USC in 1976, Dr. Kinarthy’s career took off in the predictable direction. For many years he was a college professor of psychology and parapsychology, counselor, and researcher. He was a psychological consultant to the National Enquirer magazine for ten years, a member of the City of Whittier Mental Health Advisory Board, a member of the United Nations Association of California, and a local moderator for the Foreign Policy Association of Washington, DC.

He was a well-known speaker, and his ideas about personal relationships appeared in print many times. But he never wrote about the psychology of investing or financial relationships until that phone call. In 1998, he retired from teaching and became a full-time behavioral investor.