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 économies 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 thé author's unique approach to stock market analysis, read the entire Bob Haugen series, The Inefficient Stock Market, What Pays Off and Why, and Beast on Wall Street.
This work makes the case for an inefficient stock market, where the complexity and uniqueness of investor interactions has important market pricing implications.
The efficient market's paradigm is at the unlikely extreme end of a spectrum of possible states. As such, the burden of proof falls on its advocates. It is their burden to deflect the stones and arrows flung at the paradigm by the nonbelievers. It is their burden to reveal the inaccuracies of those who present evidence contending that the paradigm doesn't square with the facts.
Moreover, the case of market efficiency has been made many times by others.1 In fairness to the growing number of advocates for the other side, I present here, and in the two other books of this trilogy, Beast on Wall Street: How Stock Volatility Devours Our Wealth and The Inefficient Stock Market: What Pays Off and Why, a comprehensive and organized collection of the evidence and the arguments that constitute a strong and persuasive case for a complex and, at times, nearly chaotic stock market that overreacts to most things—in particular, to past records of success and failure on the part of business firms. It is a market that prices with great imprecision, with signals coming from the prices of other stocks as its dominant driver.
In the course of this work, I shall make a case for the following assertions:
1 See, for example, E. Fama, "Efficient Markets II," Journal of Finance (December 1991).
|CHAPTER 1 Search for the Grail||1|
|The Celebrated F&F Study||1|
|Low Risk, High Return?||7|
|CHAPTER 2 The Old Finance||11|
|CHAPTER 3 How Long Is the Short Run?||21|
|The Short Run and the Long Run||21|
|The Engine That Drives Us to Diamond Head||25|
|CHAPTER 4 The Ancient Finance||32|
|Growth Stocks Weren't Always||32|
|The New Era||36|
|CHAPTER 5 The Past and the Future||42|
|Higgledy Piggledy Growth||42|
|Higgledy Piggledy Growth in America||44|
|Flip for It||47|
|The Christmas Tree||50|
|CHAPTER 6 The Race Between Value and Growth||55|
|In Search of Mediocrity||55|
|The Many Faces of Value and Growth||57|
|Removing the Size Effect from GO||61|
|GOing Around the World||62|
|CHAPTER 7 Surprise or Risk Premium?||65|
|Learning How to Make GO Disappear||65|
|The Debate over the Nature of GO||66|
|When We GO to Diamond Head||68|
|CHAPTER 8 "Bearing" Risk in the Stock Market||74|
|One-Month Horizon Tests of the Relationship Between Risk and Expected Return||74|
|The Neglected Horizon Problem||74|
|The Heretics and the Zealots Finally Agree||81|
|Why You Don't See This in the Textbooks||83|
|Does Risk Still Carry a Negative Payoff?||88|
|CHAPTER 9 The Holy Grail||92|
|Looking Down the Roads to Diamond Head and Diamond Bar||93|
|The Relative Position of the Perceived and True Growth Horizons||97|
|Bottom Fishers and Rodeo Drivers||107|
|Two Compelling Questions||109|
|CHAPTER 10 Rational Finance, Behavioral Finance, and the New Finance||116|
|The New Finance||116|
|Rational and Behavioral Economic Models||117|
|Order, Complexity, and Chaos||119|
|The Financial Circus||123|
|Scaling the Stock Market||130|
|The Tool Is Cool...||133|
|The New Corporate Finance||135|
|Appendix to Chapter 10||139|
|CHAPTER 11 Final Words||144|
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