A Random Walk Down Wall Street Book Analysis

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Introduction to “A Malkiel Random Walk Down Wall Street” If you are a new investor who is interested in investment history or how to make investments, purchase this book by Burton G. Malkiel. This book is ideal for any experienced investor who wants to brush up on their knowledge of investment techniques and theories also. There are not many books that have been written about investing. A Random Walk Down Wall Street is broken down into four parts which include; Stocks and Their Value, How the Pros Play the Biggest Game in Town, The New Investment Technology and A Practical Guide for Random Walkers and Other Investors. In total, there are fifteen chapters that cover a lot of key points that many will find interesting and informative.…show more content…
He is also an economist that specializes in securities markets and investment behavior. In addition to these qualifications, Burton Malkiel has been a lifelong investor. The South Sea Bubble Throughout the text of the book, you will read about different bubbles that occurred in history. Some of these bubbles have happened in the last ten years and some have happened in the last three hundred years. One of the most interesting bubbles that I read about was “The South Sea Bubble”. The South Sea Company in England was formed in 1711 to create confidence in the government’s ability to meet its debts and promises. This company took a government debt (IOU) for ten million pounds. In return, the government was given monopoly over all trade to the South Seas (Malkiel, Page 41). People thought there would be a lot of opportunity to make money during this time. In 1720, the entire national debt, which was thirty one million pounds, was capitalized. The stock rose from 130 pounds to 300 pounds when the bill was introduced to Parliament. After bill became the law, the South Sea Company sold a new issue of stock at 300 pounds. There were fights that broke out by investors who wanted to purchase this new stock price at a proposed installment offer. (Figure 1) Figure 1 is an image of what a stock certificate looked like when issued to investors. South Sea Company reissued a new stock price of 400 pounds. The stock eventually rose to 1000 pounds.

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