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The Graduates

WHILE THE CHANTS of the protesters and the thrumming of the drum circle echoed through New York’s financial district, I spent a pleasant October weekend in Chicago drinking with the people who used to occupy Wall Street. It was my 10-year reunion at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Obviously I wanted to…

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Kodak Part Two

I had been thinking about the Kodak debacle when I remembered this – The Peter Principle states that “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence”, meaning that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position in which they cannot work competently. It was formulated by Dr. Laurence…

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Loss Realisation

I have been reading Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow and the going has been slow because I have gotten used to reading books on my tablet and having a large selection available. If I want to read a book I now have to remember to get it off the shelf. Going through this book…

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History Repeating Itself

There has been much talk about how Kodak the inventor of the digital camera and responsible for much of the initial groundwork in that field could get it so friggen wrong that they are now history. The reasons as to why they buggered it up will be the subject of corporate analysts and historians for…

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Hedge Fund Returns Again

The Practical Quant has an interesting breakdown of of the the performance of various styles of hedge fund investing. It has this interesting quote – While hedge funds have suffered through terrible years in the past, one gets the sense that investors are waking up to the fact that there just aren’t that many great trading…

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Hedge Funds….WTF Did They Make?

Recently I came across two contradictory positions that I am trying to reconcile. I was researching the return for hedge funds for 2011 when I came across the RBC Hedge Fund 250 Index. According to the blurb – The RBC Hedge 250 Index is a non-investable benchmark of the performance of the hedge fund industry…

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A Smart Person

Given the modern media’s obsession with foisting absolute cretins on us  who were are supposed to revere in some odd quasi religious manner I thought it might be worthwhile to start the year off with a smart person who is actually doing something. As opposed to being famous for being a dickhead. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —…

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With Kodak tettering on the edge of oblivion I wonder what the execs at Kodak said when they first saw a digital camera. Probably something along the lines of that will never catch on. The interesting this is that despite Kodak going the way of the dinosaur people seemed to be willing to buy the…

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