Just working my way through this book by Sebastian Mallabywho does a good job of not only taking you through the complexities of the world of hedge funds but also introducing some seriously odd but talented people. For example I had no idea that Alfred Winslow the founder of the first ever true hedge fund…Details
This is offered as a distraction from the current state of the markets.
Here is one of those charts courtesy of JP Morgan that look interesting but which I never really understand the value of. Whilst history is interesting I am uncertain as to the relevance to traders of inflation adjusted charts since I dont know anyone who is interested in holding gold for 40 years. Unless you…Details
As tenure disappeared and research jobs became harder financial markets became a a fertile job market for newly minted Ph.D physicists who equipped with very powerful mathematical toolboxes set about conquering the market. This piece by SCiAM is more a fluff piece rather than anything concrete but it does give these blokes some good PR.…Details
Apparently when they get it wrong stock analysts stamp their feet and threaten to hold their breath until they turn blue STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Like oracles in the stock market, securities analysts come up with earnings estimates that are supposed to signal the worth of a company’s stock. But what happens when…Details
The ever interesting and insightful Tim Hartford makes mention of the illusion of understanding complex systems in his latest blog. Switch on any business TV channel and you’ll be bombarded with scrolling quotes and jagged graphs. It’s all very well if you like to watch that kind of thing, but the flow of financial data…Details
When I read the above title in the latest new scientist I thought….it wouldn’t be hard to teach an economist anything since the range of their knowledge seems pretty dismal. Even worse they actually believe what they are saying and even worse than that so to do politicians. Haldane has been studying the global financial…Details