Taming Global Village Risk II: Understanding and Mitigating Bubbles

Posted: 30 Apr 2008 Last revised: 8 Nov 2010

Date Written: May 27, 2008


Asset bubbles and their subsequent bursts have been a part of capital markets since modern capital markets began to evolve some 300 years ago. Although each bubble environment certainly has its own distinguishing characteristics, certain common elements persist as key ingredients in bubbles over time: financial innovation, the emotions and psychology of investors, and leverage. This paper explores how these features present themselves in market bubbles and ensuing market disruptions and offers some suggestions for improving future risk management. Among the recommendations, we suggest a flexible oversight framework with a goal to identify and contain areas of excessive economic risk.

Suggested Citation

Sullivan, Rodney N, Taming Global Village Risk II: Understanding and Mitigating Bubbles (May 27, 2008). Journal of Portfolio Management, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1126687

Rodney N Sullivan (Contact Author)

AQR Capital Management, LLC ( email )

Two Greenwich Plza
Greenwich, CT 06830
United States

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