The New Finance: International Edition

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9780132775878: The New Finance: International Edition

A supplement for junior/senior and graduate level courses in Investments, Behavioral Finance Theory, and related courses.


Teach the concepts that expose the inefficiency of capital markets.


The New Finance is a comprehensive and organized collection of evidence and arguments that develop a persuasive case for an inefficient, complex and, at times, nearly chaotic stock market. This brief text also shows students how the complexity and uniqueness of investor interactions have important market pricing consequences.


The fourth edition includes two new chapters on the real determinants of expected stock returns and the nature of stock volatility that the Financial Crisis of 2008 has exposed.

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In this Third Edition, Robert Haugen focuses on the evidence, causes, and history of overreactive pricing in the stock market. He argues that, unlike the other social sciences, economic models aggregate from the assumed behaviors of individuals to predictions about market pricing. These models fail to capture the complexity of human interaction. In addition, Haugen argues that each interaction is entirely unique. The complexity and the uniqueness of interactions make it impossible to generalize from the preferences of individuals to meaningful conclusions about the structure and behavior of market prices. The logical conclusion: Both rational and behavioral economics should be reconsidered.

Bob Haugen is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. He serves as Managing Partner to Haugen Custom Financial Systems, which licenses portfolio management software to pension funds, endowments, and institutional and high-net-worth money managers.

For further study on the author's unique approach to stock market analysis, read the entire Bob Hougen series, The Inefficient Stock Market, What Pays Off and Why, and Beast on Wall Street.

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