Market Panic: Wild Gyrations, Risks and Opportunities in Stock Markets

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Wiley, May 26, 2009 - Business & Economics - 300 pages
Many investors were lulled into complacency by the stock market bull run stretching from 2003 to 2007. Now that the markets have moved into extreme bear territory investors are wondering what to do and whether it is still the case that equities have delivered the best returns among all investment classes. In this incisive study Stephen Vines shows how stock markets operate in good times and bad and provides timely advice on how to benefit from the regular cycle of market panic and market boom. He provides some unusual answers to questions regularly asked by investors and shows why panics offer unique opportunities. Long held assumptions about the benefits of investment diversification are challenged and new ways of understanding the panic cycle are offered. Interviews with market professionals directly involved in handling some major stock crises provide a compelling insider?s account of what actually happens when panics break out. This book also looks at ways in which stock markets are becoming more detached from the companies and economies they are supposed to represent and shows how this is building a new and more dangerous form of instability into the market system. This is a truly comprehensive study examining all aspects of the stock market panic phenomenon. Presented in readable, jargon-free form this book will be of interest to anyone who invests in stock markets and is interested in preserving their wealth.

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The panic of 2008
The bubble bursts
panic in perspective

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Stephen Vines has been writing about markets and business for more than three decades. He was the Deputy Business Editor of The Observer and has worked for the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph and The New York-based Daily Deal. More recently he has combined writing with presenting television current affairs show, establishing a number of companies and learning a lot more about how business really works. He is also an active stock market investor and has provided consultancy services to a number of listed companies. Now based in Hong Kong, he is the author of The Years of Living Dangerously, a best-selling book that examined the Asian financial crisis of the late nineties. Stephen Vines was the founding Chief Editor of Eastern Express, a groundbreaking daily newspaper published in Hong Kong.

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