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The Crisis of Crowding: Quant Copycats, Ugly Models, and the New Crash Normal

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A rare analytical look at the financial crisis using simple analysisThe economic crisis that began in 2008 revealed the numerous problems in our financial system, from the way mortgage loans were produced to the way Wall Street banks leveraged themselves. Curiously enough, however, most of the reasons for the banking collapse are very similar to the reasons that Long-Term ...more
Hardcover, 478 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Bloomberg Press (first published July 30th 2012)
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Andrew Tollemache
This is a rather conditional book review. If you get this book thinking you are getting key insights and cutting analysis into how "crowded trades" affect our new modern markets of HFT, Quant modeling and a tendency to implode very 5-8 years than you might want to move on. Chincarini really only gives a cursory analysis of "crowded trades" and only in the chapters dealing with the collapse of Long Term Capital Management (LTCM). Here he seems to offer real insight and provides detail and color ...more
I randomly picked this one from the university catalog when I was trying to help a student find a timeline of the 2008 financial crisis and was, despite all odds, reeled into reading the whole thing. I got sucked in by clear explanations and rational analysis of events that unfolded in 1998 with the collapse of LTCM and in 2008 with the implosion of the housing bubble and beyond.

Of course, when I say rational analysis, that's keeping in mind this was written by someone with deep ties to the fin
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