Financial Market History: Reflections on the Past for Investors Today

CFA Institute Research Foundation
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 Since the 2008 financial crisis, a resurgence of interest in economic and financial history has occurred among investment professionals. This book discusses some of the lessons drawn from the past that may help practitioners when thinking about their portfolios. The book’s editors, David Chambers and Elroy Dimson, are the academic leaders of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
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CFA Institute Research Foundation
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304
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9781944960162
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English
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Business & Economics / General
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