Bob Swarup discussed his book, Money Mania: A Human History of Financial Speculation, at MOI Global’s Meet-the-Author Summer Forum 2019. Bob is a Principal at Camdor Global Advisors.

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About the book:

Money Mania is a sweeping account of financial speculation and its consequences, from ancient Rome to the Meltdown of 2008. Acclaimed journalist and investor Bob Swarup tracks the history of speculative fevers caused by the appearance of new profitable investment opportunities; the new assets created and the increasing self-congratulatory euphoria that drives them to unsustainable highs, all fed by an illusion of insight and newly minted experts; the unexpected catalysts that eventually lead to panic; the inevitable crash as investors scramble to withdraw their funds from the original market and any other that might resemble it; and finally, the brevity of financial memory that allows us to repeat the cycle without ever critically evaluating the drivers of this endless cycle. In short, it is the story of what makes us human.

About the author:

Dr Bob Swarup (Principal) is a respected international expert on macroeconomics, investment strategy, alternatives, ALM and regulation. Bob was formerly a partner at Pension Corporation, a leading UK-based pension buyout firm, where he oversaw alternative investments, was Chief Risk Officer and ran Thought Leadership. Bob has also served as Senior Investment Advisor to the Pensions Regulator, and has sat on numerous industry and investment boards. He is also co-founder of the Insurance Investment Exchange, the leading forum for insurers to debate investment issues and trends. Bob has written extensively, with his research and commentaries being featured in the likes of the Guardian, Economist, Financial Times, CNBC, Bloomberg, IPE and Room151. His most recent book is the internationally acclaimed bestseller, Money Mania, a thematic analysis of the last 25 centuries of financial crises.