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The Steve Jobs You Didnt Know

Revisionism after death is also an interesting phenomena. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he first learned about Steve’s need for a liver transplant in January 2009. By that time Steve wasn’t coming into the office at all, and Cook would visit him at home just about every day. He started to worry that things might finally be…

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Returns Comparison

With the majority of world markets running hot I thought it would be interesting to compare last years returns for a handful of markets with their returns YTD. In the chart below I have looked at the value of $1 invested in each market for the 2014 calendar year and for the calendar YTD. This…

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The Billionaire Who Is Trying To Go Broke

Interestingly and much to my surprise I have only just come back to this article…. On a cool summer afternoon at Dublin’s Heuston Station, Chuck Feeney, 81, gingerly stepped off a train on his journey back from the University of Limerick, a 12,000-student college he willed into existence with his vision, his influence and nearly…

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In Praise of Short Sellers

In November, 2013, Whitney Tilson, who runs a small hedge fund called Kase Capital Management, gave a presentation to a group of money managers. Tilson’s talk was about a flooring company called Lumber Liquidators. In the previous two years, its profits had more than doubled and its stock had risen sevenfold. But Tilson made a…

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There’s A Booming Market For Used Yoga Pants…..WTF?

Like many obsessive collectors, Suzanne Nobles spends countless hours online scouring for treasures. The 25-year-old Arizona-based blogger isn’t tracking down rare antiques or priceless baseball cards, though. No, she’s on the lookout for Lululemon. One recent score—a pair of gray and split-pea green running shorts—cost her $95. While they initially retailed for $54, the shorts…

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When Willpower Isn’t Enough

    One of the most compelling talks I saw at this year’s American Economics Association conference was by Katherine Milkman, an assistant professor at the Wharton School at Penn. She holds a joint Ph.D. in computer science and business, but her passion is behavioral economics — and, specifically, how its findings can be applied…

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Before I Go

A resident’s surgical skill is judged by his technique and his speed. You can’t be sloppy and you can’t be slow. From your first wound closure onward, spend too much time being precise and the scrub tech will announce, “Looks like we’ve got a plastic surgeon on our hands!” Or say: “I get your strategy…

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Herd Behavior in Financial Markets

Over the last twenty-five years, there has been a lot of interest in herd behavior in financial markets—that is, a trader’s decision to disregard her private information to follow the behavior of the crowd. A large theoretical literature has identified abstract mechanisms through which herding can arise, even in a world where people are fully rational. Until…

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Dow And Apple

Apparently, Apple has been added to that anachronistic oddball index the Dow. For fun I have looked at the relative performance of the two over one year, two years, five years and finally dating back to 1980.

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