Practical analysis for investment professionals

Mark K. Bhasin, CFA

11 Posts

Biography

Mark K. Bhasin, CFA, is senior vice president of Basis Investment Group, LLC, New York City.

Author's Posts
Book Review: Keeping Your Dividend Edge

In Keeping Your Dividend Edge, Todd Wenning, CFA, describes the new market environment that necessitates a revised approach for selecting and monitoring dividend-paying stocks.

Book Review: Behavioral Risk Management

The author proposes debiasing techniques that can improve the practice of operational risk management by countering behavioral biases.

Book Review: Financial Crisis, Contagion, and Containment

In a sweeping survey of the financial crises that shook East Asia and other developing countries, the author explores the compatibility of emerging market economies with inherently volatile global financial markets.

Book Review: The Nature of Value

Incorporating concepts from evolution and ecology, this lucid and thought-provoking book presents the economy as an evolutionary system on the premise that an understanding of how evolution works in the biological realm provides insight into this process. It will help allocators improve their allocation decisions and will help all investors attain a more robust understanding of the dynamics that create and sustain value.

Book Review: Keynes’s Way to Wealth

In this examination of the life and investment strategies of John Maynard Keynes, the author argues that the great economist and risk-taking investor believed that it is best to put your investing on autopilot with a sound plan that meets your goals — revisiting it once a year — and then go out and live your life.

Book Review: The Nature of Investing

Katherine Collins, CFA, urges us to transform the investment process from the roots up by drawing on biomimicry — a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems — to help us construct our investment portfolios.

Book Review: Systemic Risk: The Dynamics of Modern Financial Systems

The global financial crisis revealed a critical need for a substantial reassessment of the fundamental workings of financial systems, their interactions with the real economy, and the circumstances that tip such systems from stability to instability. In this book, Prasanna Gai provides a fresh look at these increasingly important fields.

Book Review: Numbersense: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage

In the era of Big Data, the increased volume of data analysis inevitably entails an upsurge in bad analysis. The author argues that consumers should be extra vigilant when interpreting and relying on data analysis and encourages readers to improve their critical assessment of data analysis to optimize decision making.

Book Review: Rethinking Expectations: The Way Forward for Macroeconomics

Rethinking Expectations provides fresh approaches to macroeconomic analysis, including imperfect knowledge economics (IKE), which models individual behavior and aggregate outcomes and explores the frontier of what formal macroeconomic and finance theory can deliver. These new approaches are needed, given the recent Great Recession and spectacular boom and bust in asset prices.

Book Review: The Physics of Wall Street

James Owen Weatherall argues that given the proven track record of applying ideas developed in physics to finance, it is time to do it again. His book is about the future of finance and the new set of tools that will facilitate the proper functioning of the world’s economies.



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