Robert P. Murphy is Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. In addition to The Primal Prescription, Murphy is the author of several economics books for the layperson, including Choice (Independent Institute 2015), The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism (Regnery 2007), and the textbook Lessons for the Young Economist (Mises Institute 2010). He blogs at ConsultingByRPM.com.
David is the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and department chair at Cornell. He specializes in organometallic chemistry with a particular expertise in the organic chemistry of lithium. David is an avid student of markets, economics, and geopolitics and writes a Year in Review posted at Peak Prosperity and Zerohedge. Dave has been cited in the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian and has appeared on Russia Today.
Victor Ricciardi is an Assistant Professor of Financial Management at Goucher College. Professor Ricciardi is a leading expert on the academic literature and emerging research issues in behavioral finance. He is the editor of several eJournals distributed by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at www.ssrn.com, including behavioral finance, financial history, behavioral economics, and behavioral accounting.
1. What’s the bias with the biggest impact that’s the least understood or noticed?
2. Wisdom of the crowd usually exists only when there’s a diverse population. Given the typical investor is pretty homogenous (white, affluent), should we expect the wisdom of the crowd to not apply to the stock market? What about changing demographics with whites becoming a minority and women now earning more bachelor’s degrees than men?
3. Financial literacy scores in the US are pretty dismal, which to me really calls into question the validity of the Efficient Market Hypothesis. How can we improve financial literacy?
4. Investors nearing or reaching retirement are often those searching for yield. In a low interest rate environment like today, that yield is often unavailable without considerable risk attached. Do you think there’s a lot of unknown risk being assumed right now by people who can least afford to take it?
5. Conventional academic wisdom has it that the price of a security going down means there’s greater risk (due to a higher beta), and that risk and return are positively correlated. Value investors believe that a lower price, all things equal, actually represents less risk while offering a greater potential reward. What are your thoughts on the subject?
Gareth Jones is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School and a visiting professor at Spain’s IE Business School in Madrid. Rob Goffee is Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, where he teaches in the world-renowned Senior Executive Programme. Goffee and Jones consult to the boards of several global companies and are coauthors of Why Should Anyone Be Led by You? and Clever, both published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Arthur T. Benjamin is a professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College who specializes in combinatorics. He is known for mental math capabilities and "Mathemagics" performances in front of live audiences. His mathematical abilities have been highlighted in newspaper and magazine articles, at TED Talks and on The Colbert Report. He is the author of several books, including The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring out Why.