Bull!: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004

Bull A History of the Boom and Bust In the Dow hovered below Then the market rose and rapidly gained speed until it peaked above Noted journalist and financial reporter Maggie Mahar has written the first book on the r

  • Title: Bull!: A History of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004
  • Author: Maggie Mahar
  • ISBN: 9780060564148
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1982, the Dow hovered below 1000 Then, the market rose and rapidly gained speed until it peaked above 11,000 Noted journalist and financial reporter Maggie Mahar has written the first book on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended just in the early 2000s For almost two decades, a colorful cast of characters such as Abby Joseph Cohen, Mary Meeker, HenIn 1982, the Dow hovered below 1000 Then, the market rose and rapidly gained speed until it peaked above 11,000 Noted journalist and financial reporter Maggie Mahar has written the first book on the remarkable bull market that began in 1982 and ended just in the early 2000s For almost two decades, a colorful cast of characters such as Abby Joseph Cohen, Mary Meeker, Henry Blodget, and Alan Greenspan came to dominate the market news.This inside look at that 17 year cycle of growth, built upon interviews and unparalleled access to the most important analysts, market observers, and fund managers who eagerly tell the tales of excesses, presents the period with a historical perspective and explains what really happened and why.

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    1. History is one of the most important mediums to understand market workings and this book is a fine piece of financial history: detailed, showing different aspects of 1980-1990s markets (individual investors, fund managers, analysts, media etc.) and giving plenty of amusing numbers just to put the euphoria in perspective.Highly recommended!It's telling, though, how events are clear in retrospect and with hindsight. Great bull market of 1990ies is presented in "crystal clear" manner with each and [...]

    2. den 10 januari 201812:39 • "In truth, a knowledge of history is an investor's best defense against error. Despite all the financial engineering that attempts to eliminate risk, cycles appear to be as inevitable as the seasons. Investors who understand these cycles are more likely to survive the winter of a bear market and to avoid its final phase - despair. They know that eventually, summer always returns, and more than that, they know that somewhere on the planet it is always summer." p. 384 [...]

    3. THE EXPLOSION OF INFORMATION CAN MASK THE FEW FACTS THAT ARE TRULY IMPORTANT.Platforms make it easier to switch funds and shares - encourages short-termism.Men go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly and one by one.The nifty fifty hit their high in 1972 of 80x. The nifty fifty shed on average 54% of their value in 1974.All day you wait for the pitch you like, then when the fielders are asleep you step up and hit it.In 1982 the Dow was at 8x.By 2001 the average 401(k) would h [...]

    4. I was torn between rating this book as 'ok' or 'I liked it'. On one level, it was an excellent book in terms of being packed with details about the people and events of the 1982-1999 bull market. The author did an excellent job of keeping all the facts straight, making the story flow, and keeping it interesting. On the other hand, it didn't meeting my expectations in terms of education about the stock market. I would highly recommend that an investor read Juggling Dynamite and A Short History of [...]

    5. Great overview of the causes and effects of the bull and bust of the 90s and early 00s. Mahar is definitely a journalist: I liked the way she integrated personal stories with the facts. I think Michael Lewis does a better job with creating a compelling narrative, but this was well researched and enjoyable. An update would be awesome, though. I'd love I see how Mahar explains the events of the past 5 to 7 years.

    6. I read up to p. 262. It appears to be a very well researched book, but that is my impression only - I have not checked footnotes. But I could not finish. Given the current state of the market, this book is applicable and probably needs a new edition.

    7. Exactly what the full title advertises - an approachable and well written history, if a bit subjective. The edition I have is unfortunately the first, rather than the one published less than a year later with another 40-ish pages, and I've no idea what was added/changed.

    8. Interesting read and an important read if you are too young to remember it. I read this book sometime around graduating college in 2006 and it in combination with a few other reads made me skeptical enough to turn down a job opportunity in financial services.

    9. The book is a fantastic review of what happened leading up to the 2000 IT bubble and how crazy things really became. Surprisingly easy read. Not technical or jargonny; is almost like a chapter out of a history of financial markets.- Great Book. - Will be referring to it again

    10. read this a while back and now we are experiencing exactly what this book said would happen (WRT the stock market)

    11. A very detailed and empirical account of the US stock markets through history. Sweet book, must read for anyone wanting to dabble in stocks.

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