Behavioral Economics Views Featured in Benefits Magazine

June 18, 2018

An article by Marquette investment consultant Kweku Obed, CFA, CAIA, was featured in the July 2018 edition of Benefits Magazine. The article, A Crash Course in Behavioral Economics —Bypassing Biases, explores some of the emotional and cognitive biases that can affect investment decisions and offers fiduciaries a framework for encouraging thoughtful and effective decision-making.

Many environmental changes can occur that can positively or negatively affect an investment program, and in many instances, these external factors are unexpected and outside of anyone’s control. By striving to create and maintain a committee structure that is strategic and constructive while also fostering creativity and openness, an investment committee can put itself in a better position to overcome the decision-making biases that are identified in behavioral economics.

Kweku Obed is a managing partner for Marquette Associates. An owner of the firm, Kweku has been with the company since 2014 and has 19 years of investment experience. Kweku chairs the firm’s defined contribution services committee and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds a B.S. with honors in economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, and a M.S. in development economics from SOAS, University of London.

Benefits Magazine, the monthly publication of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, covers benefit issues affecting multiemployer, single employer and public employee plan representatives.

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