Thursday, May 26, 2011

How Quickly They Forget

Just two and a half years ago, in the depths of the financial crisis, I was convinced that pro-risk psychology had undergone lasting damage.  With investment banks, rating agencies and financial engineers defrocked, no-lose investments collapsing, account balances decimated and investors disillusioned, it seemed it might be years before market psychology recovered. And yet markets began a dramatic recovery in early 2009, investors have returned to bearing risk, and many indices are back in the vicinity of their pre-crisis peaks.  What’s behind this turn of events?

Howard Marks, How Quickly They Forget. 

Howard Marks is the author of The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense For the Thoughtful Investor