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Article: The Nature of Market Evolution – Learning From the Natural Sciences

12 April 2017 | George Bollenbacher

Both the business and popular press have spent a lot of time and ink recently covering what appears to be a never-ending set of random changes in the financial markets. 

The Nature of Market Evolution – Learning From the Natural Sciences

Actually, changes in two kinds of markets: 1) the markets for financial instruments and 2) the markets for services related to those instruments, services like market-making, clearing and settlement, and asset management. While many of these changes appear to be, and are often treated as, issues unto themselves, they are actually part of an evolutionary process. So it behooves us to look at these changes the way natural scientists look at evolution in the physical world.

 

The Scientific Approach to Natural Evolution

Scientists have been studying evolution for at least 150 years, and they have come to a consensus on several topics.

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