Thursday, October 23, 2008
Today Alan Greenspan spoke to the US Congress about the current stock crash. He called it the storm-of-the-century, and predicted it would last for decades. But as we have no recorded data on storms-of-the-century, what is the basis of his prediction ??? We hope it is not a complex dynamical model !!! The teachings of our five-year research on financial bubbles and crashes using agent-based modeling suggest that this crash is largely psychological, involving the effect of investors' memories of prior losses, which is longer lasting that their memories of prior gains. These memories both decay in time, and this is the basis of my expectation that the stock markets will recover within six months --- all depending, of course, on the outcome of the November 4th election.