You might think that financial crises are mathematically unlikely events, but they happen with surprising frequency. Author and equity manager Bruce I. Jacobs says there’s something wrong about that. He believes that people’s attitudes about risk, liquidity and leverage are often delusional and naive because financial professionals sell them “free-lunch” strategies that promote flawed thinking about efficient markets and rational investors. Despite a tendency for repetition, Jacobs offers some hard-hitting wisdom gleaned from his detailed knowledge and experience in market investing. Fund managers and investors of all types will find value in his exploration of the common causes of financial calamities.
In this summary, you will learn
- How three recent financial crises reveal what’s wrong in finance and investing,
- What delusions and errors in judgment the investors in these schemes shared, and
- Why “free-lunch” investing strategies often lead to financial disruption.
About the Author
Bruce I. Jacobs is the co-founder and co-director of Jacobs Levy Equity Management. He is the author of several books on investing and financial crises.