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Thursday, February 20, 2014

'Random Variation'

James Kwak:

... I used to believe that no one could beat the market: in other words, that anyone who did beat the market was solely the beneficiary of random variation (a winner in Burton Malkiel’s coin-tossing tournament). I no longer believe this. I’ve seen too many studies that indicate that the distribution of risk-adjusted returns cannot be explained by dumb luck alone; most of the unexplained outcomes are at the negative end of the distribution, but there are also too many at the positive end. Besides, it makes sense: the idea that markets perfectly incorporate all available information sounds too much like magic to be true. ...

    Posted by on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 08:31 AM in Economics, Financial System | Permalink  Comments (36)

          


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