Deception and truth analysis: Techniques for better decision-making

Thursday 28 April 2022 | 17:00 - 18:00

A key part of investment decision-making is an evaluation of the quality of management teams of a business. Overwhelmingly, firms' analysis of management relies on gut-level reactions to a person, or on several learned heuristics.

In this session, Jason A. Voss, CFA, CEO of Deception And Truth Analysis (D.A.T.A.), Inc. shares the insights emerging from scientific studies that aid in qualitative analysis. These include the things missing from most firms' work, for example:  

  • Scientifically-based techniques of deception detection (not heuristics) for interviewing management.
  • Behavioral insights that answer the question: Who am I investing with?
  • Automated ways of examining the level of deceptiveness or truthfulness of annual and quarterly reports, proxies, press releases, or earnings call transcripts.
  • How to better direct the precious attention of your research team to the problematic firms in your portfolio.

Where recordings are made, these are a member benefit that are accessed through the member-only platform, CFA UK Discover.


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00

CPD Points: 0.75


Jason A. Voss, CFA, CEO, Deception And Truth Analysis (D.A.T.A.) Inc

Jason A. Voss, CFA, is the CEO of Deception And Truth Analysis (D.A.T.A.), Inc, which provides highly accurate deception and truth analysis of any text with the ability to assess over 250 pages per second. Prior to that he was CEO of Active Investment Management (AIM) Consulting, LLC. He is also the retired co-portfolio manager of the Davis apppreciation and income fund. During his tenure the Fund bested the S&P 500 by 49.1%, was Lipper #1, a Morningstar Analyst Pick, and one of the first ten funds awarded Morningstar’s Stewardship Grade “A.”

Previously, he served as the Director of Content for CFA Institute where his job was to help its 160,000 members’ skill stay cutting edge. While there he conducted with criminal justice professionals, history’s first research into the deception detection capabilities of investments pros, resulting in two pieces of research published in the Journal of Behavioral Finance. This culminated in the publication of the co-authored Lie Detection Guide: Theory and Practice for Investment Professionals.

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