Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

Available for order now on Amazon!

The finance industry is widely thought of as being morally suspect. Even those who work in finance tend to compartmentalize between their personal lives and how they get ahead professionally. Mihir Desai argues that not only is this preconception completely false but it’s detrimental to those who work in finance as well as the industry itself.

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How Finance Works: The HBR Guide to Thinking Smart About the Numbers

How Finance Works: The HBR Guide to Thinking Smart About the Numbers

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If you're not a numbers person, then balance sheets and financial jargon can be intimidating and easy to ignore. But if you want to advance in your career, it's crucial that you are able to make smart financial decisions and develop the confidence to clearly communicate those decisions to others.

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HBS After Hours

HBS After Hours

Think of it as Professors in Cars Having Coffee.

When the sun goes down at the world's leading business school, the faculty speak their minds. Listen in to Felix Oberholzer-Gee, Youngme Moon, and Mihir Desai, as they dish on everything from the NRA, to pornography, to free trade, to how to buy happiness... and many more topics at the intersection of business and culture. It's entertaining, insightful, funny and NO MBA REQUIRED! You can subscribe to HBS After Hours on Apple Podcasts, StitcherGoogle Play, Spotify, and wherever else you listen to podcasts. (NOTE: This podcast is currently on hiatus and will return in the fall.)

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Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends?

Can Economists and Humanists Ever Be Friends?

The New Yorker

One discipline reduces behavior to elegantly simple rules; the other wallows in our full, complex particularity. What can they learn from each other? The idea that there is a gap between the world of economics and the wider world is also a theme in “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return” by the Harvard Business School professor Mihir Desai.

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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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