Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2015-11-16
Genre: Business & Economics
The #1 New York Times bestseller—Now a Major Motion Picture from Paramount Pictures From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. The film adaptation by Adam McKay (Anchorman I and II, The Other Guys) features Academy Award® winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei; Academy Award® nominees Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread. Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? In this fitting sequel to Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis answers that question in a narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor.
Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release Date: 2017-03-07
Genre: Business & Economics
So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Big Short tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Michael Lewis’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Big Short by Michael Lewis includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Character profiles Detailed timeline of events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Big Short by Michael Lewis: The writing was on the wall long before the extent of America’s worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression was made public. The mortgage bond market had become burdened with subprime loans, most of which were deceitful in their origination and ultimately resulted in delinquencies and foreclosures. Michael Lewis’s The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine takes the reader behind the scenes, introducing the players and Wall Street institutions that unscrupulously helped fuel the housing bubble as well as the few who, not only foresaw the crash, but placed bets on the outcome. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.
Warning This is an independent addition to The Big Short, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary from aBookaDay. OVERVIEW This review of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis provides a chapter by chapter detailed summary followed by an analysis and critique of the strengths and weaknesses of the book. The main theme explored in the book is how corruption and greed in Wall Street caused the crash of the subprime mortgage market in 2008. Despite being completely preventable, the big firms in Wall Street chose to ignore the oncoming fall in favor of making money. Michael Lewis introduces characters-men outside of the Wall Street machine-who foresaw the crisis and, through several different techniques, were able to predict how and when the market would fall. Lewis portrays these men-Steve Eisman, Mike Burry, Charlie Ledley, and Jamie Mai-as the underdogs, who were able to understand and act upon the obvious weaknesses in the subprime market. Lewis's overall point is to demonstrate how the Wall Street firms were manipulating the market. They used loans to cash in on the desperation of middle-to-lower class Americans, and then ultimately relied on the government to bail them out when the loans were defaulted. Using anecdotes and interviews from the men who were involved first-hand, the author makes the case that Wall Street, and how they conducted business in regards to the subprime mortgage market, is truly corrupt beyond repair, and the men he profiles in this novel were trying to make the best out of a bad situation. By having the words from the sources themselves, this demonstrates Lewis's search for the truth behind what actually happened. Ultimately, we as an audience can not be sure if the intentions of these underdogs were truly good, but Lewis does an admirable job presenting as many sides to the story as possible. The central thesis of the work is that the subprime mortgage crisis was caused by Wall Street firms pushing fraudulent loans upon middle-to-lower class Americans that they would essentially not be able to afford. Several people outside of Wall Street were able to predict a crash in the market when these loans would be defaulted on, and bought insurance to bet against the market (essentially, buying short). Over a time period from roughly 2005-2008, the market crashed and huge banks and firms lost billions of dollars, filed for bankruptcy, or were bailed out by the government. These men, the characters of Lewis's novel, were able to bet against the loans and made huge amounts of money, but it was not quite an easy journey. Michael Lewis is a non-fiction author and financial journalist. He has written several novels-notably Liar's Poker in 1989, Moneyball in 2003, and The Blind Side in 2006. Born in New Orleans, he attended Princeton University, receiving a BA degree in Art History. After attending London School of Economics and receiving his masters there, he was hired by Salomon Brothers where he experienced much about what he wrote about in Liar's Poker. He is currently married, with three children and lives in Berkeley, California. SUMMARY PROLOGUE: POLTERGEIST Michael Lewis begins his tale of the remarkable-and strange-men who predicted the immense fall of the housing market by immediately exposing himself as the exact opposite type of person from them. He explains to the reader that he has no background in accounting, business, or money managing. Any success he has had with his previous book Liar's Poker, an account of his time working at Salomon Brothers in 1985, has been luck. That book had primarily been about the bond market and how that company, among many others Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights
PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. The Big Short by Michael Lewis - A 15-minute Instaread Summery Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 In December of 1991, Steve Eisman was working for Oppenheimer and Co. as an analyst and became known for his knack for ignoring consensus, an analysis of a stock’s future sales and earnings. In the early 1990s, the Salomon Brothers trading floor began a whole new bond market by packaging mortgages into bonds. In this way, they began to tap the unused equity many people had in their homes, driving the interest rates of mortgages so low that even those with less than perfect credit could get low rates. This led to a surge in subprime mortgages, mortgages offered to those with poor credit ratings. Subprime mortgages were then packaged into bonds and sold to investors. Eisman hired accountant Vincent Daniel to help him decipher the suspicious accounting used by subprime mortgage originators. Daniel discovered companies were booking profits for expected future values of loans, and prematurely displaying themselves as profitable. However, they were failing to reveal the delinquency rate of the home loans they were making, claiming that they were selling these loans to be packaged as bonds, so their risk was limited. An example of this was Long Beach Savings, one of the first banks to implement what was called the originate and sell method, a method of originating a loan that was likely to be defaulted on and sell it to another lender, but leave it on the books to appear as profit...
Author: John F. Sase, Ph.d.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2016-05-02
A concordance summary of the book chapters and the film scenes (DVD Blueray cut) for use in university classrooms and elsewhere. Dr. Sase discovered that the book and film The Big Short provides a great springboard for classroom discussions. Michael Lewis has written many books about real people and real events in the financial markets. In The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W.W. Norton. 2011), Lewis does a commendable job of explaining exactly what happened in these markets between 2004 and 2008-events that drove old, established companies such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers out of business while millions of Americans lost their homes in the largest mortgage meltdown in history. In 2015, Paramount Pictures released The Big Short, the film adaptation directed by Adam McKay. The movie tells a story of idiocy and greed in modern-day finance as a compelling drama with a stellar cast that includes Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, and others. McKay relates this complex story in a fast-paced and even humorous manner that lets the narrator (Greg Lippman, played by Ryan Gosling) break the fourth wall and bring the audience along for a wild ride. As a lecturer on Money, Banking, and Financial Markets at Wayne State University and as a former Outside Director (public watchdog) of $3.5 billion of index funds at Comerica Bank throughout the 1990s, I (Dr. Sase) thought that I would put together a concordance of the book and film. As I formed this concordance from the book, the shooting script, and the final cut of the film, something clicked inside as I discovered a fresh, viable way to explain complicated matters and events in Economics, Finance, and Law to a wide audience. In this treatment of the story, I offer you an escorted walk through the ten chapters of the book and the 130 minutes of screen time. I want you to kick back and enjoy a splendid book and film production that incorporate the major themes of greed, stupidity, and human emotion that have been a mainstay of storytelling since the days that we sat around a fire for mutual protection against saber-tooth tigers, wooly mammoths, and other beasties.
ABOUT THE BOOK Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World started by accident. During a meeting with a Dallas hedge fund owner in 2008 for another book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, the investor made a prediction to author Michael Lewis that countries in the developed West would soon go bust. Two and a half years later, that prediction was becoming a reality. Countries long considered first world were becoming third world. Lewis knew that he had to write a book about what was happening. Going to Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany, and then to his home state of California, Lewis describes the conditions and people that made the massive financial troubles possible. He interviews economists, politicians, public service workers, and ordinary citizens to get a full picture of what happened and what may happen in the future. Peppered throughout Boomerang is Lewis' trademark humor and cultural observations that tie together seemingly unrelated issues into a cohesive narrative. MEET THE AUTHOR Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Karen Lac has been writing since 1999. Her articles have appeared in print in "The Occidental Weekly." Her writing reflects her broad interests. She writes travel, entertainment, political commentary, health, nutrition, food, education, career, and legal articles for numerous websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts in politics, both from Occidental College
Author: Dean Starkman
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-01-07
Genre: Business & Economics
In this sweeping, incisive post mortem, Dean Starkman exposes the critical shortcomings that softened coverage in the business press during the mortgage era and the years leading up to the financial collapse of 2008. He locates the roots of the problem in the origin of business news as a market messaging service for investors in the early twentieth century. This access-dependent strain of journalism was soon opposed by the grand, sweeping work of the muckrakers. Propelled by the innovations of Bernard Kilgore, the great postwar editor of the Wall Street Journal, these two genres merged when mainstream American news organizations institutionalized muckraking in the 1960s, creating a powerful guardian of the public interest. Yet as the mortgage era dawned, deep cultural and structural shifts—some unavoidable, some self-inflicted—eroded journalism's appetite for its role as watchdog. The result was a deafening silence about systemic corruption in the financial industry. Tragically, this silence grew only more profound as the mortgage madness reached its terrible apogee from 2004 through 2006. Starkman frames his analysis in a broad argument about journalism itself, dividing the profession into two competing approaches—access reporting and accountability reporting—which rely on entirely different sources and produce radically different representations of reality. As Starkman explains, access journalism came to dominate business reporting in the 1990s, a process he calls "CNBCization," and rather than examining risky, even corrupt, corporate behavior, mainstream reporters focused on profiling executives and informing investors. Starkman concludes with a critique of the digital-news ideology and corporate influence, which threaten to further undermine investigative reporting, and he shows how financial coverage, and journalism as a whole, can reclaim its bite.
A growing number of Americans seek change and redemption for our increasingly mad society, but who will lead the charge? This burden cannot be born by a single individual. It must be a passion shared by You, Me, and Everyone Else.Today we are caught up in a massive societal transition that goes far beyond traditional thinking. We face financial distress on Wall Street and Main Street, the middle-class is on the decline, and our public schools rank twenty-third among developed nations. We struggle to deal with escalating environmental disasters, political malfeasance, and terrorist plots. In so many ways, we resemble the Roman Empire, teetering on the brink of a similar downfall.In this challenging and inspiring work, Bill Geringswald provides a progressive overview of our society's intertwined cause and effect. His visionary proposal for remediation shows how we may all undergo a personal journey of enlightenment and addresses the many problems we now share in this world. Our mutual solutions will not be found in political answers, but only as we work together through our Higher Power.
Author: Alexander Elder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-02-16
Genre: Business & Economics
A detailed look at one of the most underestimated aspects of trading-selling In The New Sell and Sell Short, Second Edition, Dr. Alexander Elder explains how to exit a stock at the right time and how to initiate a short position to profit from a stock that is showing weakness. Often overlooked, selling properly enables a trader to cut losses and maximize profits. Moreover, short selling in a weak market can generate big profits and should be a part of every trader's arsenal of tools. The new edition contains numerous examples of short selling stocks from the 2008-2009 bear market, demonstrating very clearly why traders do themselves a disservice by only focusing on the long side. In addition, the new edition contains an extensive study guide to help readers master the material prior to trading. Elder shares real-world examples that show how to manage your positions by adjusting your exit points as a trade unfolds. Contains new examples and insights from the 2008-2009 market meltdown Includes an extensive study guide with 115 questions and answers and 17 chart studies Discusses the selling process from a variety of angles: technical, fundamental, and psychological Explains how to maximize winnings in a profitable trade and how to minimize losses when a trade doesn't go as planned Offers detailed guidance for traders of stocks, financial futures, commodities, and currencies Explains how to set profit targets and stop-loss orders prior to entering any trade Other bestselling titles by Elder: Trading for a Living, Come Into My Trading Room, and Entries and Exits Understanding where and when to sell is essential to successful trading. The New Sell and Sell Short, Second Edition is the definitive reference to this overlooked, but vitally important, aspect of trading.
Author: Noam Scheiber
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-02-28
Genre: Political Science
FACING THE WORST ECONOMY SINCE THE 1930S, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HIRED A CRACK TEAM OF ESCAPE ARTISTS: financial wizards who had pulled off numerous white-knuckle getaways during the Clinton era and who were ready to do it all over again. Three years later, with the economy still in a rut, it’s clear that they fell far short. This is the inside story of what went wrong. The Escape Artists features previously undisclosed internal documents and extensive, original reporting from the highest levels of the administration. Star White House journalist Noam Scheiber reveals the mistakes and missed opportunities that kept the president’s pedigreed team from steering the economy in the right direction. He shows what responsibility the president bears for those missteps, what bold actions his brain trust refused to take despite its preternatural confidence, and how the White House was regularly outmaneuvered by Republicans in Congress. Tracking the administration’s efforts deep into the fall of 2011, The Escape Artists provides a gripping look inside the meeting rooms, in-boxes, and minds of the men who tried to manage the defining crisis of the Obama presidency: how the very qualities that made these men and women escape artists in the 1990s ultimately failed them. *** THREE YEARS INTO THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS PAINFULLY HIGH, THE GAP BETWEEN RICH AND POOR HAD WIDENED, AND THE STIMULUS HAD NOT DONE ENOUGH TO BRING JOBS BACK. WHAT WENT WRONG? A PRESIDENT WITH OTHER PRIORITIES . . . Barack Obama hadn’t run for president just so he could clean up someone else’s mess, however urgent the task. He’d run for president to usher in once-in-a-generation achievements like health care reform—“to change the trajectory of America.” Timothy Geithner remarked to President-elect Obama that “your signature accomplishment is going to be preventing a Great Depression.” Obama’s response was slightly jarring. “That’s not enough for me,” he said. It dawned on Geithner that he and his colleagues were a sideshow rather than the main attraction. “If you don’t do that, nothing else is possible,” Geithner protested. “Yeah,” Obama repeated, “but that’s not enough.” AN ECONOMIC TEAM RELUCTANT TO TAKE BOLD ACTION . . . David Axelrod was preparing Christina Romer, Obama’s chief economist, for a Sunday talk show. Many experts were voicing doubts about the size of the original package, and so Axelrod asked, “Was the stimulus big enough?” Without hesitating, Romer responded, “Abso-f---ing-lutely not.” She said it half-jokingly; Axelrod did not seem amused. AND A BRAIN TRUST THAT BELIEVED IT KNEW BETTER . . . It was the worst of all worlds for the Obama administration: a country that took one look at the languishing economy and another at the recovery on Wall Street and concluded that its government had put big banks ahead of ordinary people. Generously, the S&P officials didn’t point out any of this. Instead, the leader of the group confessed that the agency was mostly concerned about the prospects for bipartisan compromise. At this, Geithner became dismissive. His message was unmistakable: TRUST US, WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE.
Author: Alan Bollard
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Business & Economics
From Basel to the Beehive, through rate cuts and conference calls, Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard's bestselling Crisis was a first-hand account of the global financial and economic meltdown. Now, two years on from the book's first publication, this new edition brings the story up to date. Crisis takes readers from the overheated markets of 2007, through the collapse of investment banks and stressful times for numerous economics in 2008 and 2009, and on to a fragile recovery in New Zealand and the world since 2010. In two additional chapters for this updated edition, Alan Bollard reveals how New Zealand grappled with the impact of debt crises in the United States and then in Europe — as well as with the devastating effects of the Christchurch earthquakes. Bad news on the Reuters screen, emergency meetings and urgent decisions, making sure Christchurch has enough cash and ATMs: Crisis captures the drama of events as politicians, bankers and government officials struggle to deal with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Author: William J. Jackson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Tricksters are known by their deeds. Obviously not all the examples in American Tricksters are full-blown mythological tricksters like Coyote, Raven, or the Two Brothers found in Native American stories, or superhuman figures like the larger-than-life Davy Crockett of nineteenth-century tales. Newer expressions of trickiness do share some qualities with the Trickster archetype seen in myths. Rock stars who break taboos and get away with it, heroes who overcome monstrous circumstances, crafty folk who find a way to survive and thrive when the odds are against them, men making spectacles of themselves by feeding their astounding appetites in public--all have some trickster qualities. Each person, every living creature who ever faced an obstacle and needed to get around it, has found the built-in trickster impulse. Impasses turn the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's life. To explore the ways and means of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, help us appreciate tricks that are entertaining, and aid us in fending off ploys which drain our resources and ruin our lives. Knowing more about the Trickster archetype in our psyches helps us be more self-aware.
Author: Douglas A. Kass
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2014-11-05
Genre: Business & Economics
Build a bulletproof portfolio with advice from a top marketexpert Doug Kass on the Market: A Life on TheStreet™ provides investment advice and guidance from one of the mostrenowned traders in the world. Author Doug Kass distills his yearsof experience as a hedge fund manager and infamous short seller toshare the theory, technique, and intuition that built hisreputation and his portfolio. Anecdotes about interactions withWall Street's most famous names, including Buffett, Cramer, andCooperman, highlight tricks of the trade, essential value investorinsight, and the secrets to being a smart short. Doug Kass's reputation as a savvy investor is well-earned andwidely recognized. His work on Wall Street gained him heavyweightstatus, and the friendship, the respect, and the ear of some of thebiggest names in finance. As a CNBC regular and 2013 Buffet Bear,Kass is widely known as a trusted source of wisdom and profitableinsight. In Doug Kass on the Market, readers learn valuablelessons that that will help them make smarter investment decisions.Kass lists the most important things to know when evaluating apossible long or short investment, and explains the things you'renot doing to optimize your portfolio. Topics include: Going against the grain Data versus instinct Valuation, bubbles, and momentum Interest rates, inflation, and the Fed The book also describes how to short a stock properly withoutlosing out and discusses the C-suite conversations that fundmanagers would never tell a lay shareholder. Kass's record provesthe value of his acumen, and this book contains a comprehensiveaccount of his talent and techniques. All investors deserve achance at a more robust portfolio, and Doug Kass on theMarket provides the information and guidance that can make thathappen.
“A sympathetic but deeply critical biography of [Ayn] Rand and the eventual role of libertarian philosophy in the recent financial crisis” (New York Times Book Review). Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the US and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the Federal Reserve). Cunningham also shows how right-wing conservatives, libertarians, and the Tea Party movement have co-opted Rand’s teachings (and inherent contradictions) to promote personal gain and profit at the expense of the middle class. Tackling the complexities of economics by distilling them down to a series of concepts accessible to all age groups, Cunningham ultimately delivers a devastating analysis of our current economic world. “This book is a superb example of how powerful graphic nonfiction can be in taking complex events and making them frighteningly clear.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “There are moments of brilliance here and excellent economic explication.” —Library Journal “This is a well-researched, detail-packed book that I’ll need to read a few more times to fully digest.” —Boing Boing
Author: Daniel W. Drezner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2014-05-02
Genre: Political Science
International institutions, from the International Monetary Fund to the International Olympic Committee, are perceived as bastions of sclerotic mediocrity at best and outright corruption at worst, and this perception is generally not far off the mark. In the wake of the 2008 financial crash, Daniel W. Drezner, like so many others, looked at the smoking ruins of the global economy and wondered why global economic governance structure had failed so spectacularly, and what could be done to reform them in the future. But then a funny thing happened. As he surveyed their actions in the wake of the crash, he realized that the evidence pointed to the exact opposite conclusion: global economic governance had succeeded. In The System Worked, Drezner, a renowned political scientist and international relations expert, contends that despite the massive scale and reverberations of this latest crisis (larger, arguably, than those that precipitated the Great Depression), the global economy has bounced back remarkably well. Examining the major resuscitation efforts by the G-20 IMF, WTO, and other institutions, he shows that, thanks to the efforts of central bankers and other policymakers, the international response was sufficiently coordinated to prevent the crisis from becoming a full-fledged depression. Yet the narrative about the failure of multilateral economic institutions persists, both because the Great Recession affected powerful nations whose governments managed their own economies poorly, and because the most influential policy analysts who write the books and articles on the crisis hail from those nations. Nevertheless, Drezner argues, while it's true that the global economy is still fragile, these institutions survived the "stress test" of the financial crisis, and may have even become more resilient and valuable in the process. Bucking the conventional wisdom about the new "G-Zero World," Drezner rehabilitates the image of the much-maligned international institutions and demolishes some of the most dangerous myths about the financial crisis. The System Worked is a vital contribution to our understanding of an area where the stakes could not be higher.