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Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst
by Vikram Mansharamani

Published by Wiley

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THE WORLD IS in the midst of an accelerating sequence of booms and busts, and despite these developments, no organized multidisciplinary framework exists for thinking about them.

With the increased complexity and volatility surrounding financial bubbles, we need a more effective way to spot, and understand, these events. Based on his popular seminar at Yale University, Boombustology presents Vikram Mansharamani's multi-lens framework for evaluating the extremely elaborate social phenomenon of financial market booms and busts.

Unlike other finance books -- which discuss making day-to-day investment decisions or the optimal strategy for a particular market -- Boombustology will help you identify the "needle-moving" extremes that have the potential to render many traditional investment approaches useless.

Divided into three comprehensive parts, this reliable resource:

  • Develops five lenses -- based upon the findings of various disciplines, from economics and psychology to politics and biology -- that can be combined to evaluate financial extremes
  • Examines the power of the multi-lens framework by applying it to five historical cases -- Tulipomania, the Great Depression, the Japanese "Bubble Economy," the Asian Financial Crisis, and the U.S. Housing Boom and Bust -- and demonstrates how the multi-disciplinary approach might have helped to better understand these events as they took place
  • Illustrates the framework in action by evaluating China as being in the midst of a potentially unsustainable boom

The framework found within these pages offers a robust understanding of the dynamics that precede, fuel, and ultimately reverse financial market extremes. Regardless of your economic or financial background, Boombustology will put you in a better position to spot financial bubbles before they burst.


pub date: 2011-03-14 | Hardcover | 9780470879467