Heroes to zeroes and vice versa

Borrowed the following from the book, “The Money Game” by Adam Smith:

Ben Graham, the classics scholar who was the dean of security analysis, started his text with a quote from Horace: “Many shall come to honour that now are fallen, and many shall fall that are now in honour.”

The markets are more powerful that each individual player. There are reputations made and shattered especially at the time of turn of events. The market cycles have the reputation of making and breaking the reputations (and fortunes) of many.

Read the book “Riding The Roller Coaster – Lessons from financial market cycles we repeatedly forget” to know about such stories ranging from Sir John Templeton, Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Prof. Irving Fisher, Mary Meeker, Alan Greenspan, Harshad Mehta, Ketan Parekh, Sir Isaac Newton, Julian Robertson, Prof. Irving Fisher ….

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Demi-Gods

In every market cycles there are some who attain the Demi God status.

During the DotCom boom, we had many investment bankers achieving that state in the US. In India, we had our own Mr. Ketan Parekh. In the great Indian Securities Scam, Harshad Mehta had a very wide fan following.

Most humans always need a leader to be followed. Sometimes it could be Adolf Hitler and sometimes Mahatma Gandhi, but a leader is needed. The same behaviour is carried forward in financial markets, too.

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