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Financial History


Financial Market History Can Help Today’s Investors

What do practitioners need to know about financial market history? Nathan Jaye, CFA, interviews David Chambers and Elroy Dimson, editors of Financial Market History: Reflections on the Past for Investors Today, for their insights on this question.

Top Five Articles from September: The Value Factor, Non-Retirement, Finance and Civilization

A defense of modern portfolio theory (MPT) by Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott; Nicolas Rabener's analysis of the value of factor investing; and an examination of the non-retirement phenomenon by Barbara Stewart, CFA, were among the leading posts from last month.

Finance: How It Made Civilization Possible

What is finance, where does it come from, and why does it matter? William N. Goetzmann addressed these questions in his presentation at the CFA Institute: 62nd Financial Analysts Seminar, leading participants on a tour through financial history.

Russell Napier, ASIP: 21 Lessons from History

The astute investor appreciates both knowledge and thought by embracing the lessons of history, and financial market historian Russell Napier, ASIP, has studied those lessons extensively.

An Index for Any Asset: The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index

The Historic Stocks Market (HSTM) Index tracks the auction prices of 100 "representative" share and bond certificates. It represents the full scope of scripophily — the collection and study of old stock and bond certificates — Jeremy Monk explains.

Book Review: Money Changes Everything

In this extensive review of the history of finance, William Goetzmann covers the evolution of finance from ancient times to today, historic contributions to the financial system from around the world, and the ways the finance industry has affected the world around it. Interwoven throughout the rigorous history lesson are excellent practical suggestions for today’s investment practitioners based on Goetzmann’s analysis of the events of the past.

Book Review: Heroes and Villains of Finance

This book introduces the reader to 50 noteworthy personages in numerous facets of finance, from before the Common Era to the present day. The author covers a wide and diverse history of characters that includes academics, philosophers, economists, practitioners, and reprobates. This slender volume makes for an entertaining read that may elicit further interest in the many and varied subjects on which it touches.

Book Review: King William’s Tontine

This deeply analytical look at a long-forgotten financial instrument informs our response to the looming retirement crisis in a way that no other book does. It should be read — with pleasure — by anyone with a personal or policy interest in this vital area.

Financial History: How to Learn from It

We are part of the history that future generations will study and we owe it to ourselves and the clients we serve to thoughtfully consider lessons from the past when making decisions that will impact our future.

Three Charts That Will Rekindle Your Interest in Financial Market History

So what are you missing if — like many people — you've been ignoring financial history? Here are three things that may awaken your interest.



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