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Matt Levine is a columnist for Bloomberg News covering finance and business. Levine has previously been a lawyer, investment banker, law clerk, and has written for a number of newspapers and financial sites.
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Engineering the Financial Crisis
Systemic Risk and the Failure of Regulation
Jeffrey Friedman, Wladimir Kraus - 2011-09-01
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The financial crisis has been blamed on reckless bankers, irrational exuberance, government support of mortgages for the poor, financial deregulation, and expansionary monetary policy. Specialists in banking, however, tell a story with less emotional resonance but a better correspondence to the evidence: the crisis was sparked by the international ...
Matt Levine
2023-01-12T14:22:00.000Z
@rachelmetz @AP Taking "totally obsessed with understanding" literally I'd recommend: - All the Devils Are Here (McLean/Nocera) - Slapped by the Invisible Hand (Gorton) - Diary of a Very Bad Year (n+1) Also Sorkin's and Geithner's books & maybe Friedman & Kraus "Engineering the Financial Crisis"      source
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All the Devils Are Here
The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
Bethany Mclean - 2011-08-30
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"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here." -Shakespeare, The TempestAs soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers?According to Bethany M...
Matt Levine
2023-01-12T14:22:00.000Z
@rachelmetz @AP Taking "totally obsessed with understanding" literally I'd recommend: - All the Devils Are Here (McLean/Nocera) - Slapped by the Invisible Hand (Gorton) - Diary of a Very Bad Year (n+1) Also Sorkin's and Geithner's books & maybe Friedman & Kraus "Engineering the Financial Crisis"      source
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Slapped by the Invisible Hand
The Panic of 2007 (Financial Management Association Survey and Synthesis)
Gary B. Gorton - 2010-03-08
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Originally written for a conference of the Federal Reserve, Gary Gorton's "The Panic of 2007" garnered enormous attention and is considered by many to be the most convincing take on the recent economic meltdown. Now, in Slapped by the Invisible Hand, Gorton builds upon this seminal work, explaining how the securitized-banking system, the nexus of f...
Matt Levine
2023-01-12T14:22:00.000Z
@rachelmetz @AP Taking "totally obsessed with understanding" literally I'd recommend: - All the Devils Are Here (McLean/Nocera) - Slapped by the Invisible Hand (Gorton) - Diary of a Very Bad Year (n+1) Also Sorkin's and Geithner's books & maybe Friedman & Kraus "Engineering the Financial Crisis"      source
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Liar's Poker
Michael Lewis - 2010-03-15 (first published in 1989)
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The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for...
Matt Levine
2018-09-21T20:11:30.000Z
People sometimes ask me like “I want to go into finance, what books should I read,” and I always say “well Liar’s Poker and Barbarians at the Gate of course” before getting into more specific recommendations. I might add Diary of a Very Bad Year to the “of course” list.      source
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Barbarians at the Gate
The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Bryan Burrough - 2009-12-01 (first published in 1990)
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One of the finest, most compelling accounts of what happened to corporate America and Wall Street in the 1980s.New York Times Book ReviewA #1 New York Times bestseller and arguably the best business narrative ever written, Barbarians at the Gate is the classic account of the fall of RJR Nabisco. An enduring masterpiece of investigative journalism b...
Matt Levine
2018-09-21T20:11:30.000Z
People sometimes ask me like “I want to go into finance, what books should I read,” and I always say “well Liar’s Poker and Barbarians at the Gate of course” before getting into more specific recommendations. I might add Diary of a Very Bad Year to the “of course” list.      source
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Diary of a Very Bad Year
Interviews with an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager, n+1, Keith Gessen - 2010-06-08
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The First Book from "n+1"--an Essential Chronicle of Our Financial Crisis HFM: Where are you going to buy protection on the U.S. government's credit? I mean, if the U.S. defaults, "what bank" is going to be able to make good on that contract? Who are you going to buy that contract from, the Martians? n+1: When does this begin to feel like less of a...
Matt Levine
2018-09-21T20:08:00.000Z
So i just reread, at @Dutch_Book’s instigation, “Diary of a Very Bad Year” by @keithgessen and an anonymous hedge fund manager, and I think it is my favorite book about the financial crisis.      source
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Dynamic Hedging
Managing Vanilla and Exotic Options
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - 1997-01-14
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Destined to become a market classic, Dynamic Hedging is the only practical reference in exotic options hedgingand arbitrage for professional traders and money managers Watch the professionals. From central banks to brokerages to multinationals, institutional investors are flocking to a new generation of exotic and complex options contracts and deri...
Matt Levine
2015-01-03T21:10:32.000Z
@georgepearkes Here are my pop-finance shelves. Favorite is probably Dynamic Hedging, which is on my technical shelf.      source