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Saturday, February 09, 2013

'In Defense of the EMH'

One more quick one before heading to the airport for that long, long flight from SF to Eugene -- Noah Smith defends the efficient markets hypothesis, and along the way he says you probably aren't as smart as you think you are when it comes to investing in stocks and bonds:

In defense of the EMH, b Noah Smith: The "Efficient Markets Hypothesis" is a popular target of anger and derision among lay critics of the econ profession. How can financial markets be "efficient" when they just crashed and took our economy down with them? And when sensible people like Bob Shiller, Nouriel Roubini, Bill McBride, et al. were screaming their heads off about a housing bubble years before the pop? Of course I have some sympathy for these complaints. But the more I learn about and teach finance, the more I learn what an important and useful idea the "EMH" in fact is. I don't want to say that the EMH is unfairly maligned, but I do think that its vast usefulness is usually ignored in the press. ...


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