Ronald L. Moy, CFA, is associate professor of finance at St. John’s University, Staten Island, New York.
Going beyond the traditional fundamentals of trading that are covered in academia, Larry Harris, CFA, explores the motivations and goals of the wide spectrum of traders, including profit-motivated traders, utilitarian traders, and the newest breed of traders — those resulting from the growth of electronic markets. Understanding other market participants’ motives allows traders to determine the most opportune time to trade.
Richard H. Thaler takes readers on an entertaining journey through the evolution of behavioral economics. His gift for writing has produced a book that is a blend of his life as a research professor, stories of other economists he met along the way, and a history of behavioral economics. This book is an excellent read on the shortcomings of classical economic and finance theory.
Expert Stephen Platt illustrates how the profits from drug trafficking, bribery, and piracy make their way through the financial system. He calls for lawmakers to improve regulation to help reduce the amount of criminal activity that is facilitated by the financial system.
This highly readable and informative book can serve the needs of a variety of individuals. The end-of-chapter problems make the book suitable for a classroom setting for those who plan to become practicing risk managers. Readers interested in gaining a general overview of risk management will also find the book valuable.
Tony Davila and Marc J. Epstein lay out a systematic approach for dealing with “creative destruction,” or disruptive innovation, via the “Startup Corporation,” a separate entity within a larger company used to spur revolutionary innovation. Although written for managers who wish to inspire their employees to create breakthrough innovations, the book has implications for investors as well.
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