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Crisis or Opportunity?

In the long run we know that investing can result in values multiplying over time and potentially providing enough income for investors to live happily ever after. But we also know that over the course of a typical lifetime, there is a good chance of a financial crisis (sometimes related to war) that can threaten people's financial lives. Whether crisis and crashes can be predicted reasonably well in advance is debatable, but it is reasonable to do stress tests and ask how investments and portfolios may be impacted during times of crisis.

     There are many very worthwhile books documenting the history of human created bubbles, manias, and crisis including the following.

     The list of manias, bubbles, and crisis includes the following.

     Over a decade has passed since the critical events of what has come to be known as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)...

"I must say I’ve never seen in my life people who on one side are so arrogant in their views, who are total zealots and fanatics about this new asset class, while at the same time completely and totally ignorant of basic economics, finance, money, banking, central banking, monetary policy."
Nouriel Roubini "The Mother and Father of All Bubbles" (3/6/2019)13

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1. Opinions about causes of crisis and crashes can change over time. For instance, regarding what caused the stock market crash of 1987, few initially chose the cause that is widely now believed. Just 15% of Americans chose at that time identified automated computer trading programs that caused stock sales to cascade as ever-lower sell points among the six causes offered. See
2. See
3. Manuel Adelino, Antoinette Schoar, and Felipe Severino, "The Role of Housing and Mortgage Markets in the Financial Crisis" Annual Review of Financial Economics, November 2018
4. Stefania Albanesi, Giacomo De Giorgi, Jaromir Nosal, "Credit Growth and the Financial Crisis: A New Narrative" NBER Working Paper No. 23740, August 2017
5. See
11. (Charlie Munger, Berkshire's vice chairman said trading in cryptocurrencies is "just dementia.")
14. Didier Sornette, Peter Cauwels, Georgi Smilyanov "Can We Use Volatility to Diagnose Financial Bubbles? Lessons from 40 Historical Bubbles" April 19, 2017
19. Laurence Siegel, “Black Swan or Black Turkey?” The Financial Analysts Journal, July/August 2010

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