“A Short History of Financial Euphoria” is a book written by John Kenneth Galbraith, published in 1990. It is a detailed and insightful exploration of the history of financial speculation and its impacts on economies and societies.
Here are some key points from the book:
- Financial speculation has been a feature of human societies for centuries, and has often been accompanied by periods of financial euphoria, in which people become caught up in a collective belief that prices will continue to rise indefinitely.
- Financial euphoria is often fueled by a combination of low interest rates, easy credit, and a widespread belief in the stability and prosperity of the economy.
- Financial speculation has often led to financial crises, as speculators overextend themselves and the market becomes overvalued.
- Governments and central banks have a role to play in managing and regulating financial markets, but they are also susceptible to being swayed by the same forces of euphoria and speculation as private investors.
- In order to avoid financial crises, it is important to maintain a healthy level of skepticism and to recognize the potential dangers of financial speculation.