It was indeed a well-written textbook. but my lack of interest saw me almost flunk the final exam. The only thing I took away from a semester-long learning expereince was supply-demand equilibrium, which, according to my Engineering friend, translates into " stating the obvious."
Two years later, the sub-prime crisis broke out. No sooner had the market liquidity dried up than a deluge of rarely-heard/newly-invented terminologies began to inundate the press: TARP, mortgage buy-back, counter-party risk, liquidity trap, zombie banks, hyperinflation, too big to fail.... I felt like I sleep-walked through all my economic classes.
Last night, I picked up a local newspaper on my way home and came upon an inspiring tale: a Swedish homeless guy who wandered about the street collecting trash cans and consuming scraps died of a heart attack at age 60. Shortly after his death, his relatives discovered that he had a stock portfolio worth 1.1 million dollars. They also found in his "home" 150 bars of gold worth $450,000. A close friend of the homeless man told the reporter " He had lived a frugal life but he knew the stock market inside-out. He spent his days in the public library studying financial markets, he didn't buy newspapers because he could learn for free."
The moral of the two stories? University economics is, at best, misleading; at worst, a waste of time. If you are passionate, you will learn it yourself.
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