• The Man Who Solved the Market

  • By: Gregory Zuckerman
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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The Man Who Solved the Market

By: Gregory Zuckerman
Narrated by: Will Damron
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Shortlisted for Theft and Mckinsey business book of the year award 2019

The first and fascinating look into the mind of Jim Simons, the shy billionaire who revolutionised Wall Street.

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's 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 today.

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 - he placed Steve Bannon in the campaign, funded Trump's victorious 2016 effort and backed alt-right publication Breitbart. Mercer also impacted the success of the Brexit campaign as he made significant investments in Cambridge Anatlytica. 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

Critic Reviews

"Reads more like a delicious page-turning novel...Put it on your holiday gift list for your favourite hedge-fund honcho." (Bloomberg)

"A compelling read." (Economist

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Useless

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

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Great Insight into Quant Trading

Good story driven book about the life of a very interesting man, with some great insights into the early days of Quant Trading.

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Secretive firm looked at from the outside by a journalist

Good work recollecting all available pieces but fell short of my expectations of understanding the firms insider view of its development…

Interesting overall, just not what I expected I guess

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Conjecture and sciolism.

Didn't understand the functioning of markets, quant trading or otherwise. More of an effort for sensationalism than fact

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  • DRW
  • 02-18-20

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
  • 01-23-20

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
  • 11-17-19

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
  • 02-17-20

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
  • 11-15-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

Enlightening

As with other great books, you leave with many questions. The story is a mix between the life of Simons, and selected important people on his lifes way. I found this to be a great way to tell his story. Even tough some parts, fx. the involvement of a main charecter in US politics, became a bit too much.

I rate five stars, because the story and the way it is told is intriguing. Because the book is understandable, and wakes the desire to learn more about math, finance, Simons and his gang.

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  • LC
  • 05-02-22

Interesting but diluted

The topic of this book is really interesting to me in multiple ways. I did find the actual book really interesting too. However it focused mostly on a story of the lives of various people involved and the tension and suspense of whether they will overcome each next challenge. While that makes a nice story which is fairly interesting in itself I was much more interested in understanding more about what they actually did and how they achieved it, but the book was very light on detail about this.
The narration was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-21

oh so the greatest investment fund in history

well if you wanna know who's at the real top then here you go. basically gives it all away as well as their life stories. well worth reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-21

Opens up a new world

That's really what Jim did, pretty much inventing a new form of trading. The book also opens up the world of quant trading to the layperson. Extremely well narrated, nicely written and importantly about the right length for an audiobook. it's the kind of book that I would want to listen to again and for various reasons I think it's worth it.

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  • Luca Ambrogioni
  • 11-16-20

Beautifully written, balanced and informative

A beautiful book full of financial insights, inspiring personal stories and political intrigue. The audio book is very well read with a pleasant voice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

Excellent Story

What a fascinating story. You feel like you get to know the people as it was very well written.

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  • Nick B
  • 07-19-21

A peek behind the curtain at Renaissance Capital

This is the best overview I've read of Jim Simons and the Renaissance Capital story - including the foundation of the company and Robert Mercer's involvement. Don't expect technical breakdowns of how the Renaissance algorithms work. There are some tidbits of the recipe but this book is more an overview of the man and his story. Will Damron's reading is great, as always, but the story might be too dry for anyone who is not deeply interested in finance and mathematics.

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  • Geoff Ericksson
  • 01-04-21

Biography

It's a good biography and is not a primer on share trading. That's what you need to keep in mind when you read/listen to this book.

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  • ezequiel wernicke
  • 08-04-20

Nice story with some juicy insides

This is a nice story about a great trader who revolutionized the industry of quants.
well written with a really good investigation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-20

The truth about investing

It’s refreshing to hear how a bunch of mathematicians with no idea about the markets makes billions.

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  • mp
  • 07-04-20

Quant King 🤴

Great Audible listening book. Must listen book for a people who’re interested in Finance world.

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  • Sachin Uppal
  • 03-11-20

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
  • 02-28-20

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
  • 02-27-20

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
  • 02-19-20

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.