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What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars
by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan and Jack Schwager


Overview - Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all--his fortune, his reputation, and his job--in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all--his fortune, his reputation, and his job--in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

This book--winner of a 2014 Axiom Business Book award gold medal--begins with the unbroken string of successes that helped Paul achieve a jet-setting lifestyle and land a key spot with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It then describes the circumstances leading up to Paul's $1.6 million loss and the essential lessons he learned from it--primarily that, although there are as many ways to make money in the markets as there are people participating in them, all losses come from the same few sources.

Investors lose money in the markets either because of errors in their analysis or because of psychological barriers preventing the application of analysis. While all analytical methods have some validity and make allowances for instances in which they do not work, psychological factors can keep an investor in a losing position, causing him to abandon one method for another in order to rationalize the decisions already made. Paul and Moynihan's cautionary tale includes strategies for avoiding loss tied to a simple framework for understanding, accepting, and dodging the dangers of investing, trading, and speculating.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780231164689
  • ISBN-10: 0231164688
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publish Date: April 2013
  • Page Count: 170
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.79 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Business
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

The attention-grabbing title summarizes Paul’s transformation of personal experience into a trader’s primer: before people try to make money in financial markets, they need to learn how not to lose it. Paul (1943–2001), who was first v-p in charge of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter’s international energy unit and governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Moynihan (Financial Origami: How the Wall Street Model Broke) detail Paul’s fascination with making money and recount the collapse of his freewheeling life as a commodities trader. Paul mourns his inability to glean universal guidelines from the aphorisms of market experts. His acknowledgement that small losses are inevitable for all investors provides no guidance on more basic questions, such as whether individuals should stay with long-term mutual funds or avoid investing altogether. Although Paul states the need to distinguish between gambling, investing, and trading, his apparent assumption that investors can readily adjust their behavior remains unproven. Paul’s soundest assertion may be that it is essential for each market participant to find, and follow, a system of analysis that works for him or her. Investors and would-be investors may heed Paul’s advice, but it will be for them to measure their actions against his golden yardstick. (Apr.)

 
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