By Michael Lewis
The true tale of the crash begun in strange feeder markets the place the solar doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or trouble, to tread: the bond and actual property spinoff markets the place geeks invent impenetrable securities to learn from the distress of decrease- and middle-class americans who can't pay their bills. The clever those that understood what used to be or may be occurring have been paralyzed through wish and worry; at least, they weren't talking.
Michael Lewis creates a clean, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and darkish humor, a becoming sequel to his number one bestseller Liar's Poker. Out of a handful of unlikely-really unlikely-heroes, Lewis models a narrative as compelling and strange as any of his past bestsellers, proving over again that he's the best and funniest chronicler of our time.
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There is evidently a recognizable (and often recognized) divide between the behavioral assumptions of neoclassical economics on the one hand and, on the other hand, common observation, experimental observation (cf. ) and a host of business histories (the work of Chan- 23 24 Agent Based Modeling and Neoclassical Economics: A Critical Perspective dler [12,13] and Penrose  being surely the most inﬂuential). The evidence shows that the assumptions of neoclassical economics are inaccurate descriptions of the behavior the theories and models are purported to represent.
In other words, when there is a substantial price increase (decrease), EMB investors become more (less) aggressive and the opposite happens to the informed traders. As we have seen before, when a positive feedback loop is started, the EMB investors are more dominant in determining the price, and therefore another large price increase (decrease) is expected next period. This large price change is likely to be associated with heavy trading volume as the opinions of the two populations diverge. Furthermore, this large increase (decrease) is expected to make the EMB investors even more optimistic (pessimistic) leading to another large price increase (decrease) and heavy volume next period.
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