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It Was a Very Good Year

What, if anything, do the most spectacular, high-performance periods of the twentieth-century stock market have in common? And most importantly: Can we predict when they will occur again? In this fascinating investigation, acclaimed author and financial authority Martin S. Fridson probes the past, leading an exhilarating tour through each of the twentieth-century stock market's golden years. Illuminating, entertaining, and rich in historical anecdotes, Fridson's book treats us to the opinions and investment strategies of some of the most prominent and intriguing figures on the scene. "Timely, informative, and highly readable . . . It Was a Very Good Year offers wonderful insights into the years that provided spectacular gains in the past. There are important lessons in this book for all investors."-Henry Kaufman, President, Henry Kaufman & Company, Inc. "A useful and extremely entertaining book. It's loaded with fascinating stock market lore and helpful investment approaches. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed myself along the way."-Byron R. Wien, Managing Director, Investment Strategist for U.S. Equities, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter "Financial history with a purpose-it is a Very Good Book."-James Grant, Editor, Grant's Interest Rate Observer "With this book, Marty Fridson joins the ranks of the must-read economic and financial historians. He is that rare combination of scholar, wit, raconteur, and man with an eye on the bottom line. Read it for amusement, education, or profit. You can't lose."-Ben Stein, writer, law professor at Pepperdine University and host of Win Ben Stein's Money
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1908. 1915. 1927. 1928. 1933. 1935. 1954. 1958. 1975. 1995. Epilogue: What Causes the Very Good Years? Selected Readings. Index.


A history of the performance of the U.S. stock market, this book imparts a thorough understanding of the ten separate years of the 20th century that produced remarkable investment returns. Fridson (managing director, Merrill Lynch) examines the market's "very good years"‘1908, 1915, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1935, 1954, 1958, 1975, and 1995‘for similarities of conditions and attributes. Based on statistical and observational evidence (reported in the major financial press), the author's analysis captures common themes whose interpretation may explain the development of the bull-market years. After measuring each theory against available facts, the author discovers that, unlike other explanations, the "easing of credit conditions" is a consistently common factor in all the years that have shown substantial returns. This has always come, he finds out, after depressed stock prices caused by poor market conditions. This book will prove useful to professionals engaged in stock market operations as well as to anyone seeking a better understanding of how the notable bull-market years came about and who the major players were. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.‘Ali D. Abdulla, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.

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