Myth of the Rational Market A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street

ISBN-10: 0060599030

ISBN-13: 9780060599034

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Authors: Justin Fox

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

Justin Fox is editorial director of the Harvard Business Review Group, and a contributor to Time magazine and PBS's Nightly Business Report . Previously, he was a columnist at Time and an editor and writer at Fortune . He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and son.

Introduction: It Had Been Working So Exceptionally Well
Early Days
Irving Fisher Loses His Briefcase, and Then His Fortune
The first serious try to impose reason and science upon the market comes in the early decades of the twentieth century. It doesn't work out so well.
A Random Walk from Fred Macaulay to Holbrook Working
Statistics and mathematics begin to find their way into the economic mainstream in the 1930s, setting the stage for big changes to come.
The Rise, of the Rational Market
Harry Markowitz Brings Statistical Man to the Stock Market
The modern quantitative approach to investing is assembled out of equal parts poker strategy and World War II gunnery experience.
A Random Walk from Paul Samuelson to Paul Samuelson
The proposition that stock movements are mostly unpredictable goes from intellectual curiosity to centerpiece of an academic movement.
Modigliani and Miller Arrive at A Simplifying Assumption
Finance, the business school version of economics, is transformed from a field of empirical research and rules of thumb to one ruled by theory.
Gene Fama Makes the Best Proposition in Economics
At the University of Chicago's Business School in the 1960s, the argument that the market is hard to outsmart grows into a conviction that it is perfect.
The Conquest of Wall Street
Jack Bogle Takes on the Performance Cult (And Wins)
The lesson that maybe it's not even worth trying to beat the market makes its circuitous way into the investment business.
Fischer Black Chooses to Focus on the Probable
Finance scholars figure out some ways to measure and control risk. More important, they figure out how to get paid for doing so.
Michael Jensen Gets Corporations to Obey the Market
The efficient market meets corporate America. Hostile takeovers and lots of talk about shareholder value ensue.
The Challenge
Dick Thaler Gives Economic Man A Personality
Human nature begins to find its way back into economics in the 1970s, and economists begin to study how markets sometimes fail.
Bob Shiller Points Out the Most Remarkable Error
Some troublemaking young economists demonstrate that convincing evidence for financial market rationality is sadly lacking.
Beating the Market with Warren Buffett and Ed Thorp
Just because professional investors as a group can't reliably outperform the market doesn't mean that some professional investors can't.
Alan Greenspan Stops A Random Plunge Down Wall Street
The crash of 1987 exposes big flaws in the rational finance view of risk. But a rescue by the Federal Reserve averts a full reexamination.
The Fall
Andrei Shleifer Moves Beyond Rabbi Economics
The efficient market's critics triumph by showing why irrational market forces can sometimes be just as pervasive as the rational ones.
Mike Jensen Changes His Mind About the Corporation
The argument that financial markets should always set the priorities-for corporations and for society-loses its most important champion.
Gene Fama and Dick Thaler Knock Each Other Out
Where has the debate over market rationality ended up? In something more than a draw and less than a resounding victory.
Epilogue: The Anatomy of A Financial Crisis
Cast of Characters
A Note on Sources
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