Last Updated Nov 19, 2008 5:47 PM EST
- Title: When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change
- Author: Mohamed El-Erian
- Pages: 335
- Type: Investment advice/globalization.
- Theme: We are in the midst of an historic global economic shift. Investors must recognize the signals of change as they occur, and focus on risk management to survive, and possibly thrive.
Checks: El-Erian has profound insights into the global economy and our current crisis. He easily blends diverse sources such as neuroscience, John Maynard Keynes, Thomas Kuhn and the West Coast offense. Though published in May, his book reads like current events â€" he is stunningly prescient about the market disruptions occurring now. He is also good at suggesting various scenarios for the next few years, neither sugarcoating things nor screaming about the sky falling.
Peeves: This book is written for investors by an investment expert. If you don't know your left tail from your right tail and aren't sure whether your liquidity is endogenous, you will struggle with some parts of this book. He spends a bit too much time prescribing fixes for the International Monetary Fund.
Quote: "The financial market turmoil that started in the summer of 2007 reflects the secular transformation of the global economy. There are now economic and financial forces in play whose impacts are of great consequence but that cannot as yet be adequately sustained by the world's current policy and market infrastructures. As such, the efficiency gains that they bring are associated with higher risks of short term disruptions. Indeed, one of the important messages of this book is that the present turmoil is neither the beginning nor the end of the transformation phase (as long-time debtor nations become creditor nations and vice versa)." [emphasis his, parenthetical mine]