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Book Review: A Man for All Markets CFA Institute Enterprising Investor

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  • Thorp, and later Fischer Black, Myron Scholes and Robert Merton, stretched their understanding of the world to the extreme, and were able to deduce a theoretical model for pricing derivatives.
  • He also discusses how, when asked to evaluate Bernie Madoff in the early 1990s, he detected fraud simply by doing his homework and studying the evidence.
  • Princeton Newport employed a true “hedge fund” strategy, meaning that it was designed to be market neutral and profitable regardless of the movement in the overall stock market.
  • The book would provide even greater value for finance-oriented readers if it focused more on the “card counting” of finance and the identification of new trading opportunities.

The establishment at the time would not have believed that Bernie Madoff could be a fraud. He was a major figure in the securities industry and other attempts to unmask his operation were ignored as well. It is amazing that the Securities and Exchange Commission never uncovered this fraud. At the end, Bernie Madoff turned himself in when it became obvious that the game was over in December 2008. Mr. Gerard was planning to take cash and wanted Mr. Buffett’s opinion regarding Mr. Thorp.

Book Review: A Man for All Markets

The edge he found in games of chance led to valuable discoveries in finance, successful businesses, wealth, and fame. Princeton Newport employed a true “hedge fund” strategy, meaning that it was designed to be market neutral and profitable regardless of the movement in the overall stock market. Today, what we call “hedge funds” are usually not market neutral funds of the type Mr. Thorp ran but are instead usually net long or net short, meaning that managers are taking a directional view of their holdings or the market as a whole. Mr. Thorp focused on identifying opportunities that could be hedged in a way that did not depend on the movements of the overall market. This resulted in a nearly twenty year track record in which the fund never posted a loss over a single calendar quarter. From November 1, 1969 through the end of 1988, Princeton Newport Partners posted an annual compound return of 19.1 percent before fees, and 15.1 percent after fees.

Driven by an innate sense of curiosity and powered by raw intellect, combined with some help from early computer technology, Ed Thorp demonstrated that players could gain an edge in blackjack through straight forward card counting methods. Thorp’s early success in devising mathematical systems for beating the house, such as card counting, put him at an advantage in finance. He understood the need to either create an edge or walk away from the table. His efforts to find an edge in finance led to the development of pricing models for trading options, convertibles, and warrants before the published academic literature of Black–Scholes–Merton. He next trained his skills on solving problems in statistical arbitrage as well as finding arbitrage opportunities across the capital structure and through relative mispricing.

  • Although it would be comforting to believe that a similar crisis will not occur in the future due to wise regulatory changes, Mr. Thorp seems rather pessimistic regarding the efficacy of the reforms put in place after the crisis.
  • Several of these groups were likely trading on the so-called “Black-Scholes” model for more than a decade before Black and Scholes published their result.
  • Maybe you don’t want to commit to something expensive, or maybe you’d prefer something that doesn’t shout SEX TOY if discovered in your underwear drawer.
  • The East Coast office handled all the business administration and trading execution work that Thorp found tedious.
  • An intellectual thrill ride, replete with practical wisdom that can guide us all in uncertain financial waters, A Man for All Markets is an instant classic—a book that challenges its readers to think logically about a seemingly irrational world.

The first warning sign was the evasive behavior of Peter Madoff who was filling in for Bernie during Mr. Thorp’s planned office visit. Peter made it clear that Mr. Thorp would not even be allowed through the front door. We highlight four opportunities for asset managers arising in this new environment. In an industry that had enjoyed a decade of nearly unbroken growth, 2022 marked an unusual year of significant contraction. Global assets under management declined by 10 percent as markets surrendered a substantial portion of their pandemic-era gains. Net flows slowed and clocked in at near zero in every region apart from Asia–Pacific.

He then learned Fortran to run computer simulations on the data he obtained. These experiments implied that there were patterns to the balls, but he’d need a computer to help him identify them. This finding resulted in Thorp inventing the world’s first known wearable computer which helped him make real-time calculations and gave him an edge betting at the roulette table. Thorp developed new techniques and equipment as needed to recognize patterns in data and used theory to codify his results into a betting strategy that could be carried out in real casino conditions. This involved practicing with his friends and in casinos with small amounts of money to see if he could execute his strategy in a risk controlled manner. As with any disruptive event, new stresses can lead to new ways of doing business.

Also by Edward O. Thorp

Thorp was delighted to outsource the administrative parts of the business that he despised, and set up his own office on the West Coast where he designed the firm’s mathematical trading strategies. What I find incredible about Thorp’s example is not only that maximized his understanding and beat the market, but that he avoided the quackery and hubris that can so often bedevil people who have ventured so far from the average. The result of Mr. Thorp’s investigation saved his client from continued participation in the fraud. Mr. Thorp made it known within his network that the Madoff operation was a Ponzi scheme.

Whatever happens, his defection can’t go much worse than Margo’s, who’s still hanging from the ceiling, blood congealing on her face, when her interrogator is called out of the room. She’s released but has a hood thrown over her head before being bundled into the back of another van. When she reaches her destination she comes face to face with the park bench woman, Irina Morozova (Svetlana Efremova), who apologizes for taking so long to find her. Irina explains that Gorbachev has now agreed terms with the U.S.S.R.’s new government, that she has been appointed as the head of Roscosmos, and that she’d like Margo to come work for her at Star City.

By Edward O. ThorpRead by Edward O. ThorpForeword by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In our latest review of active strategies by investment performance and pricing deciles from January 2021 to June 2023, we found that only a small share of active equity funds were able to achieve positive net flows. These tended to be funds with top-decile performance, and even in that category, not all experienced positive net flows, suggesting an increasingly narrow path to success. Profit-margin declines reflected an inflexible cost structure in the face of falling revenue.

How Markets Fail

For example, he tells an intriguing tale of how he was able to identify arbitrage opportunities in mutual savings bank conversions. His efforts to find an edge in finance led to the development of pricing models for trading options, convertibles, and warrants before the published academic literature of Black–Scholes–Merton. Ed Thorp is not well known among money managers, but he is held in awe by traders as a polymath, successful card counter, mathematician, finance specialist, and hedge fund manager. Thorp is a model of someone who theorizes how markets and games operate, tests his ideas through evidence and hard work, and then puts his “skin in the game” by playing with real cash. Not far behind the revenue represented by other large asset classes such as multi-asset funds, estimated at $15 billion.2Active and passive multi-asset funds in the United States.

Thorp notes that while Rome was not built in a day and did not fall in a day, a slow decline due to reverse brain-drain is deeply concerning. In addition to investing on his own, he was one of the first to run a fund of funds. He invested with many others including Warren Buffett (early in Buffett’s career), believing that detecting skill in pricing securities is ex-ante observable, but requires extensive due diligence. Thorp would visit each fund’s offices and in some cases ask the manager to work from his office for several months where they would review trade ideas and he assesses their thinking for rigor and creativity. This kind of due diligence approach led him to recognize Bernie Madoff as a Ponzi scheme decades prior to the scheme’s collapse.

Business model changes made by asset managers have also affected performance. Platform-based business models, long established in the technology sector, have started to take root in the world of asset management and now account for a disproportionate share of growth in the industry. Collectively, firms using these platform business models have captured a disproportionate share of growth.

In his case, there’s also a contrarian streak at play; told, like all of us, that the winning odds are always with the casino and that there’s no way to reliably play against the house, he took the scientific approach and tested the assertion. “I formed the habit of taking the result of pure thought—such as a formula for valuing warrants—and using it profitably,” he writes. It’s the a man for all markets kind of thing any would-be investor, to say nothing of casino cowboy, ought to read. I first learned about Edward O. Thorp while reading “Fortune’s Formula” (Poundstone 2006). In FF, Thorp is portrayed as a brilliant mathematician who decided to focus his attention on games of chance (roulette) and games of probability (blackjack) to gamble against Las Vegas casinos with an edge.

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