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In Search of Returns (2nd edition): Making Sense of Financial Markets

In Search of Returns (2nd edition): Making Sense of Financial Markets
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ISBNs:  9781781195901 (PB) / 5918 (PDF) / 5925 (ePub)
Year Published:  2023
Author:  John Looby
Paperback:  15.00
ePub ebook:  10.00
PDF ebook:  10.00

JOHN LOOBY has worked in financial markets since 1990 in roles spanning fixed income, absolute return and equities. He is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager on the global equity team at KBI Global Investors. A regular contributor of opinion pieces to the media – now contributing exclusively to The Currency – his previous books are: Troubled Times: Investing during the Troika YearsSixty Shades of Sunday: Investment Thoughts; and Money Mayhem: The Bewildering Consequences of Cutting Money FreeHe also lectures part-time at the Dublin Business School. The views expressed in this book are his own.


Financial markets are fascinating but successful investing is not easy.

Investments span an asset risk spectrum from risk-free at one extreme to their riskier counterparts at the other, with the returns on offer reflecting the potential gain or loss from bearing risk. Current negative real long-term interest rates encourage the hunt for returns better than those available to depositors. While the future looms as unknowable as ever, IN SEARCH OF RETURNS will help you to:

  • Evaluate the relationship between ‘expected’ risk and returns in financial decision-making;
  • Understand different investment asset classes and investment strategies;
  • Appreciate the influence of cognitive biases in asset pricing and investment behaviour.

According to the author, John Looby:

‘Listening to the historian James Renshaw describe meeting many people with a vague but unexplored interest in Ancient Rome, it struck me that a growing number seemed to have a vague but unexplored interest in Financial Markets. Renshaw responded with the wonderful book: In Search of the Romans, where he introduces key areas of the Roman world to the curious but non-expert reader. As he describes it, to reach the Everest of expertise on Ancient Rome, the reader must first get to base camp.

In the Spring of 2021, I wrote IN SEARCH OF RETURNS: MAKING SENSE OF FINANCIAL MARKETS as a guide to those seeking base camp in understanding financial markets. In the wake of war, inflation and a radically different monetary regime, I believe an updated edition is now timely. Despite the recent rise in official interest rates, Irish deposit rates remain negligible and deposit balances remain bloated. It’s time to re-consider how such savings might be invested. I hope you find this updated edition helpful.

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