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  • Peculiar Facts From 500 Years of Finance

    by Timothy Knight

    If you are like most people, you learned history in classes that largely covered facts related to dates, places, and people...and you probably couldn’t wait until the school bell rang.

    Sadly, children’s exposure to history is often framed in a way that is less interesting and engaging than it could be, and it robs students of a curiosity about the past that could benefit their own future by understanding the richness of the human experience.

    When it comes to the intersection of the financial markets and human history, there is a kaleidoscope of tales drawn from centuries of market mischief, mishaps and mayhem. This article reveals a few less-known but notable events drawn from the past half-millennium that might pique your own interest in the rivers of time that have led us to the present day.

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    Timothy Knight is a money manager, author of the book “Panic, Prosperity, and Progress” (John Wiley & Sons, 2014) and the creator the trading blog SlopeOfHope.com.


    Discussion

    Tim Knight from CA posted over 2 years ago:

    Thanks to AAII for sharing some of my anecdotes with its readers. If you want to say hi, drop by my blog, www.slopeofhope.com


    Jeff Spartz from MN posted over 2 years ago:

    Mr. Knight wrote an interesting article "Peculiar Facts from 500 Years of Finance". However, he should fire his fact checker. He refers to the bubonic plague in the Dutch Tulipmania section as being caused by a virus. Bubonic plague is actually caused by
    the Yersinia pestis bacterium*. Other than that nearly fatal error, I greatly enjoyed the article.

    *http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000596.htm


    A Pagliughi from NY posted over 2 years ago:

    I thoroughly enjoyed these articles. I'm especially grateful to your readers who's interest and knowledge contribute to the seemingly few inaccuracies.


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