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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid critique to Modern Finance Theory, 21 Oct 2005
This review is from: The (Mis)Behaviour of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward (Paperback)
Benoit Mandelbrot may sometimes write too much about himself, but his critique of the Modern Finance Theory is very sharp. After exposing why some basic assumptions underlying the Modern Finance Theory and, more importantly, its applications in financial products, are totally nonscientific, Mandelbrot explores his way out of the chaos. Some parts of the book may be redundant, but the insights are bright indeed. After reading the book, one wonders why so much money is invested using evidently mistaken theories. Even many insiders might have an interesting read, as the financial world is well known for its herdfollowers. Mandelbrot does not offer a new Theory and those looking for chaos theory to so solve the problems may be disappointed. However, his final suggestions need a follow-up from the financial world. Very recomendable for people in the money business.
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