Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

by Vikram Mansharamani
Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

by Vikram Mansharamani

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The new, fully-updated edition of the respected guide to understanding financial extremes, evaluating investment opportunities, and identifying future bubbles

Now in its second edition, Boombustology is an authoritative, up-to-date guide on the history of booms, busts, and financial cycles. Engaging and accessible, this popular book helps investors, policymakers, and analysts navigate the radical uncertainty that plagues today’s uncertain investing and economic environment. Author Vikram Mansharamani, an experienced global equity investor and prominent Harvard University lecturer, presents his multi-disciplinary framework for identifying financial bubbles before they burst. Moving beyond the typical view of booms and busts as primarily economic occurrences, this innovative book offers a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes microeconomic, macroeconomic, psychological, political, and biological lenses to spot unsustainable dynamics. It gives the reader insights into the dynamics that cause soaring financial markets to crash. Cases studies range from the 17th Century Dutch tulip mania to the more recent US housing collapse.

The numerous cross-currents driving today’s markets—trade wars, inverted yield curves, currency wars, economic slowdowns, dangerous debt dynamics, populism, nationalism, as well as the general uncertainties in the global economy—demand that investors, policymakers, and analysts be on the lookout for a forthcoming recession, market correction, or worse.

An essential resource for anyone interested in financial markets, the second edition of Boombustology:

  • Adopts multiple lenses to understand the dynamics of booms, busts, bubbles, manias, crashes
  • Utilizes the common characteristics of past bubbles to assist in identifying future financial extremes
  • Presents a set of practical indicators that point to a financial bubble, enabling readers to gauge the likelihood of an unsustainable boom
  • Offers two new chapters that analyze the long-term prospects for Indian markets and the distortions being caused by the passive investing boom
  • Includes a new foreword by James Grant, legendary editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer

A comprehensive exploration of how bubbles form and why they burst, Boombustology, 2nd Edition is packed with a wealth of new and updated information for individual and institutional investors, academics, students, policymakers, risk-managers, and corporate managers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119575603
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

VIKRAM MANSHARAMANI is an experienced global equity investor and a lecturer at Harvard University. Previously, he taught a seminar called "Financial Booms and Busts" to undergraduates at Yale University. Mansharamani has a PhD and MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in political science from the MIT Security Studies Program, and a BA from Yale University. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents


Foreword to the First Edition

Preface Is There a Bubble in Boom–Bust Books?


Introduction The Study of Financial Extremes: One-Armed Analysts, Secrets, and Mysteries

Part I Five Lenses

Chapter 1 Microeconomic Perspectives: To Equilibrium or Not?

Chapter 2 Macroeconomic Perspectives: The Impact of Debt, Deflation, and Mispriced Money on Asset Markets

Chapter 3 The Psychology Lens: Homo Economicus Meets Homo Sapiens

Chapter 4 Political Foundations: Evaluating Property Rights, Price Mechanisms, and Political Distortions

Chapter 5 Biological Frameworks: Epidemiology and Emergence

Part II Historical Case Studies

Chapter 6 Tulipomania: A Bubble in Seventeenth-Century Holland

Chapter 7 The Great Depression: From Roaring Twenties to Yawning Thirties

Chapter 8 The Japanese Boom and Bust: A Credit-Fueled Bubble Economy

Chapter 9 The Asian Financial Crisis: The Mirage of a Miracle

Chapter 10 The U.S. Housing Boom and Bust: The Homeowner’s Society Creates the People’s Panic

Chapter 11 China’s Credit-Fueled Investment Boom

Part III Looking Ahead

Chapter 12 Spotting Bubbles Before They Burst: A Method for Identifying Unsustainable Booms

Chapter 13 Boombustology in Action: Is India Next?

Conclusion Hedgehogs, Foxes, and the Dangers of Making Predictions

Addendum A Passive Investing Bubble?

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