The Trouble with Optionality

The Trouble with Optionality

The Harvard Crimson

The language of finance can be insidious. Words like leverage and concepts like diversification can morph from narrow financial terms into much more general ways of understanding the world. For students that go into finance or business, the idea of “optionality” is particularly pliable—and taken too far, it can be downright dangerous.

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How to succeed in finance ... by reading Jane Austen

How to succeed in finance ... by reading Jane Austen

Business News Network

Mihir A. Desai, Mizuho Financial Group's professor of finance at Harvard Business School and a professor of law at Harvard Law School, joins BNN to discuss his new book: "The Wisdom of Finance." The book compares the key themes of finance to philosophers, authors and essayists, in an effort to make finance easier to learn.

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Finding heart in finance, sources of inspiration

Finding heart in finance, sources of inspiration

The Boston Globe

In his new book “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return,", Harvard business professor Mihir Desai has tried to give finance a beating heart, to humanize it by viewing it through the lenses of literature, art, philosophy, music, movies, and TV.

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