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The Man Who Solved the Market

Written by: Gregory Zuckerman
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin.  

Shortlisted for The Ft and McKinsey Business Book of The Year Award 2019 

Jim Simons is the greatest moneymaker in modern financial history. His record bests those of legendary investors, including Warren Buffett, George Soros and Ray Dalio. Yet Simons and his strategies are shrouded in mystery. 

The financial industry has long craved a look inside Simons' secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies, and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman delivers the goods.   

After a legendary career as a mathematician and a stint breaking Soviet codes, Simons set out to conquer financial markets with a radical approach. Simons hired physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists - most of whom knew little about finance - to amass piles of data and build algorithms hunting for the deeply hidden patterns in global markets. 

Experts scoffed, but Simons and his colleagues became some of the richest in the world, their strategy of creating mathematical models and crunching data embraced by almost every industry.   

As Renaissance became a major player in the financial world, its executives began exerting influence on other areas. Simons became a major force in scientific research, education and Democratic politics, funding Hilary Clinton's presidential campaign. While senior executive Robert Mercer is more responsible than anyone else for the Trump presidency, placing Steve Bannon in the campaign, funding Trump's victorious 2016 effort and backing alt-right publication Breitbart. Mercer also impacted the success of the Brexit campaign. For all his prescience, Simons failed to anticipate how Mercer's activity would impact his firm and the world.   

In this fast-paced narrative, Zuckerman examines how Simons launched a quantitative revolution on Wall Street and reveals the impact that Simons, the quiet billionaire king of the quants, has had on worlds well beyond finance.

©2019 Gregory Zuckerman (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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There is theatricality to the book

But may not be what people who pick up this book would be looking at. If you are looking for some word of wisdom or a magic trick with regards to investment, look somewhere else. This is more of a biography than a 'how to'...

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Cold quants are humans afterall

A great story told in sn easy snd gripping fashion. will appeal not only to those interested in trading, but anyone interested in life.

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Random unravelled

finding method in the madness, has been the passion of philosophers.
observation, and listening, are two big GURUS.
This was that story. which rewarded handsomely to the pursuers.

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read only if you have 10hours and nothing to read

no key takeaways..boring..searching for the person who recommended this to me..
better off by 10hrs not listening to this one

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Mind Blowing story of Perseverance

Most most gripping story of perseverance, conviction and grit ever told. It's amazing to preserve with an untried breakthrough idea for three decades against various odds. Hats off to Jim Simons

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An insight into the development of one Quant firm

You won't become a Quant but you definitely will enjoy listening to how one man with an ambition to apply mathematics to the chaotic World of finance succeeded with a bunch of very smart and intelligent people. Some information is repeated. But that helps.
The narration is very smooth.

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Great insight into the history of Renaissance

This is my first book through Audible and its a great way to read books during travel. I've managed to complete this book in less than 10 days while driving. I think I have found a way to read 2-3 books a month.

Coming to the book, it has been a great introduction about the history of the firm. It has chronicled the entire journey of the firm. I wasn't expecting any trade strategies but even without them, I think this is a must read or listen!

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Great.

Awesome voice quality with great expressions. Also great experience. finished faster than would have normally finished reading a book.

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  • Similo
  • 31-12-19

Useless

This book is basically about the lives of RenTec employees and their successes. Useless

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  • Denise
  • 18-02-20

Interesting man and colleagues, but boring book

A lot of drawn out fluff in this book. I was on the edge of being fascinated the whole time, due to the people and the stories involved, but there was never really much to sink my teeth into. Too much filler, perhaps.

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  • stu1815
  • 23-01-20

Not enough insights into Renaissance

The author starts the book by saying how secretive Renaissance is and that not many people were willing to speak to him. This is apparent in the book: 85% is about the people who are/have been part of the organisation. The backstory of these people is relevant, but starts to bore after a while. The really interesting gems of how Renaissance works are left uncovered, so that the reader is left without much new knowledge of how this secretive quant hedge fund operates and makes money.

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  • Ben Everington
  • 17-11-19

Insightful and engaging

I enjoy books on this and similar topics, and am aware of the risk that a lot of them will go over my head or the subject matter is too dry/specific for the keen amateur. This didn’t do any of that, it was interesting, engaging and thought provoking. I completed the whole book in a couple of sittings, which is unusual for me. Hope you enjoy it too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-20

Very entertaining

Very entertaining but lacks technical details for the savy reader looking for insight into Renaissance actual trading.

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  • steven merrigan
  • 15-11-19

Insightful

Fantastic narration enhances a rigorous examination of the Jim Simons/Renaissance story. Interesting digression into the political activities of Simons, Mercer et al. Highly recommended.

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  • Meinheld
  • 01-04-20

Fascinating.

Great story and educational at the same time. Opened my eyes to the new age of man and machine finance.

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  • Richard
  • 10-02-20

very interesting

A really interesting story and one that anyone who in interested in stock markets or machine learning should read.

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  • Magnus Domellvf
  • 19-01-20

Very interesting

Great story, good insights, good combination of individual stories and the greater picture. Good narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-20

pretty good, interesting insights, could be shorte

good narrative very interesting.

probably could have made it a couple hours shorter.

performance was good.

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  • Krunoslav Uzelac
  • 09-01-20

love it

great storyline, missing more details into the trading part but it's understandable that those info are almost impossible to find.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-20

No learning provided what so ever- very bland

No learning provided what so ever- very bland, Not for someone wants to understand what Jim Simmons did to make money. No explanation provided.....

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  • Michael
  • 28-02-20

Interesting story that kept me listening

If you are after a technical audiobook outlining trading strategies then this book probably isn't for you. If however you want a story that follows the lives of a group of people dealing with the trials and tribulations of designing algorithms that can profitably trade, then this is a great listen.

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  • Nick
  • 27-02-20

Surprisingly great storyline

Um not one to usually enjoy these subjects hence my review. It's just a great story from start to finish. If you are even a tiny bit scientific or analytical get into it.

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  • Nick Aubrey
  • 19-02-20

Wow what an insightful book!

The message i got was for any big decision is to accumulate as much quant data as possible , let your brain / machine process it, , try to reduce emotional bias but then go with your gut feel.

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  • Ru
  • 11-02-20

A fantastic story well narrated.

The secretive Renaissance Medallion fund and its founder Jim Simmons have been at the forefront of the quantitative investing revolution, but this story is as much about the people involved as it is about the investment strategy. The influence in the fields of maths, machine learning, education, politics, speech recognition and world events such as Brexit and the Trump 2016 by Renaissance current and former employees is staggering.

The narration is excellent, capturing a rich tone in telling a fascinating story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-20

Very good read, highly recommend to all investors.

Very good read, highly recommend to all investors. many lessons can be learned from this book's content.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

A must for anyone interested in finance.

The Man Who Solved The Market, the story of the man who lead Renaissance Technologies and brought Wall Street into the age of Computer aided trading by using Petabytes of data and complex mathematical equations aswell as lots of good old fashion brain power tells how Jim Simon's took a team of mathematicians and computer programmers with no knowledge of Financial markets to build a multi billion dollar hedge fund and revolutionize market trading.
Starting from simple means working meanial jobs before studying math and becoming a teacher and acclaimed mathematician finding an interest in the stock market it took him a while before discovering just how he could use math and computers in the 1960s to make great headway into trading before which he cracked code for US Intel during the early days of the cold war.
It wasn't till the 1980s & 90s that things really took off for Jim taking many of his early partners along for the ride.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-12-19

A love story for Mathematicians

This book is more about the people surrounding Jim Simons rather than Jim Simons himself. This is simply an observation rather than a complaint. An interesting book which if anything, steered me away from trading, now understanding just how difficult it is. If your a mathematician, this book would read like a love story. Narration was excellent. Full points to Zuckerman.

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  • Anju
  • 29-11-19

Great book - amazing narration

Amazing story of the most successful hedge fund in the world and the people behind it. Will’s narration was top class. He is going into my list of favourite narrators.