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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (original 2010; udgave 2011)

af Michael Lewis

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The author examines the causes of the U.S. stock market crash of 2008 and its relation to overpriced real estate, bad mortgages, shareholder demand for excessive profits, and the growth of toxic derivatives.
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Titel:The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Forfattere:Michael Lewis
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine af Michael Lewis (2010)

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Viser 1-5 af 153 (næste | vis alle)
Funny summations of the odd balls in high finance. The best explanation of credit default swaps I've seen. Riveting account of how most investment people couldn't get out of the boom mentality even though all hard evidence pointed to bust. I skimmed the last third because it was due but I highly recommend it. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
"I can understand why Goldman Sachs would want to be included in the conversation about what to do about Wall Street. What I can't understand is why anyone would listen to them." -Steve Eisman, who read the signs and bet against subprime loans and (nearly) every big US investment bank, plus some overseas.

Find yourself a copy of this book, and read it. You might not be able to explain what a Credit Default Swap or Collateralized Debt Obligation are once you are done, but you'll understand enough to be really, really pissed off. Michael Lewis is one of the best non-fiction writers out there, and he weaves together a fascinating story of some people who did read the markets, and made really big bets against subprime loans, and spent years wondering why nobody else could see what they were seeing. ( )
  mring42 | Jul 20, 2021 |
This was a good book from Lewis. Enjoyed the characters in the book and learning more about the period of the 2008 financial crisis. ( )
  Zach-Rigo | Jun 28, 2021 |
I am of two minds about this book. Either:

* Everyone in the world should read this book

... or ...

* No one should /ever/ read this book.

When The Big Short first came out, I heard about it on NPR, listened to a review on Planet Money, listened to an interview with Michael Lewis on Planet Money, heard several more people talk about this book, and then decided not to read it for 'rage management' reasons. Planet Money recently released their recommended books about the crash and the economy and, this time around, I felt enough time passed between the crash and now that the rage would be a lesser rage, that I would not throw my Kindle into the wall, and the teeth grinding would be lessened.

The Big Short is a concise history of Wall Street from 2003-2008. By following the lives, and trades, of several sets of investors who saw the crash coming from miles away, the book delves deeply into the world of mortgage backed securities. As well as anyone can, it explains bond trading, tranches, credit default swaps (CDS), collatoralized debt obligations (CDOs), and synthesized CDOs which are CDOs made, bewilderingly, of other CDOs. Then the book goes on to talk about the crazy trader at Deutsche Bank who ran around selling CDSes on everything, the bond trader group -- who used to be equity traders -- who went short on everything they could find, the doctor come hedge fund manager who fought endlessly to tell his investors that these no-doc, negative amortizing adjustable rate mortgages with 2 year teaser rates were going to blow up and they did not listen, the kids from Berkeley who tried to make a killing and the people who actually went long on these things.

The pinnacle of the book is the "Wing Chau" scene, where the equity trader met someone on the other side of his trades who, in 2006, when bonds were already going bad, was convinced of the status quo forever and ever. Then the equity trader went home going "oh my god..."

The game was rigged. In theory Americans would refinance every two years from one terrible mortgage to the next to generate endless fees to dump into endless bonds that pretended to be "riskless." In the end, the mortgage deals blew up and the huge bundles of bonds were not riskless. Housing did not increase in value forever.

And yes, the few people who saw it coming made hundreds of millions off the crash, but at what cost to society as a whole? Most of them left, never to return to the game. They made their money but the cost to themselves was so high it wasn't worth it anymore.

It's a story of massive collective delusion, of outright greed, of fraud, of lies, of gamed rating agencies, of banks shifting massive untold risk on to their shareholders, of normal banking becoming too 'boring', of an industry who sucked up trillions of dollars and produced nothing, and of people who were playing with things they had no hope of understanding. A story of a giant game played with people's homes and people's ignorance on a mass scale and turning the American homeowner into just one dot in a giant Ponzi Scheme that was bailed out, no questions asked, by the US Government with even more of the American homeowner's money.

The book has an incredibly hooky style. It's clear. It's concise. It's sarcastic. It's entertaining. It's compulsive. It reads quickly. It's also a drive by on a twenty car accident on a freeway. I want desperately to recommend it but I feel everyone who reads this book will promptly sell their house, pull their money out of the banks, and go live on a compound somewhere in Western Michigan.

Seriously two thumbs up but now, when I read the economics blogs -- all which recommend the Big Short -- I am always going to think about one bond trader screaming at another one: "I'M SHORTING YOUR HOUSE!"
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  multiplexer | Jun 20, 2021 |
Fantastic book. This author did an excellent job in character studies as well as explaining what the hell a credit default swap is. I would recommend this book if read in conjuction with another book, Sowell's, The Housing Boom and Bust, which explains the political decisions that were made to facilitate the creation of this market niche. ( )
  ABQcat | Jun 19, 2021 |
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Thinking about the subprime crisis with the benefit of da Vinci’s distance, it struck me anew how Darwinian and predatory the whole system is. One constantly has to ask, Cui Bono: “Who benefits?” And Ubi Est Mea: “Where’s mine?” One of Eisman’s traders was constantly obsessed with how the party on the other side might screw him (though “screw” was not the word used). That is probably a good attitude to have on Wall Street.
 
By focusing so precisely on the particular, Lewis makes the objects of his scrutiny stand for the whole of the financial world: its obscurantism, under-regulation and wildly short-termist institutional profiteering; the bank bosses’ reluctance to scrutinise the mechanics and risks of their most profitable divisions; and the general refusal to understand the connection between the profits made and the dangerous actuality they were based on: in this case, the deliberately over-complicated financial “instruments” and the poor Americans who were about to default on their mortgages.
tilføjet af mercure | RedigerThe Telegraph, David Flusfeder (Apr 10, 2010)
 
In his new book, Lewis is neither obnoxious nor charming. The skies have fallen. The market Wall Street created in the housing debt of the very poorest Americans, so-called "sub-prime" mortgage bonds and various derivative securities, which fell to bits in 2007 and all but engulfed the world in 2008, is the greatest financial fraud since the 18th century. Men and women who once made us laugh now make us shudder. In other words, The Big Short is not half the fun of Liar's Poker, but it is more important.
tilføjet af mikeg2 | RedigerThe guardian, James Buchan (Mar 27, 2010)
 
Lewis is a gifted chronicler and debunker and demystifier of the world of finance.
tilføjet af r.orrison | RedigerBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Mar 18, 2010)
 
No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis, the author of “Liar’s Poker,” that now classic portrait of 1980s Wall Street. His entertaining new book does not attempt a macro view of the financial crisis, but instead proposes to open a small window on the calamities by recounting the stories of some savvy renegades who cashed in on their conviction that the system was rotten.
 

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