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Nice People Have Emptier Wallets

Are you an agreeable person—you know, a nice guy? If so, a logical follow-up might be: how are your finances? And here’s why: “Agreeable peoplehave lower savings, they have higher debt, and they’re also more likely to go bankrupt or default on their loans.” Sandra Matz is a computational social scientist at the Columbia Business School…

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What Is The Central Issue?

Whenever markets have any sort of hiccup (read dont go up in a linear fashion) all sorts of commentary comes out of the woodwork. I therefore thought it would be instructive to look at the events of last week and to put them into some form of context beginning with a short term view. The…

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More On Sensation Seeking Money Managers

Sugata Ray conducts the most fun research. From his post teaching and researching at the University of Alabama, he studies disparate influences on asset management and market microstructure. He has looked at the effect of personal real estate transactions and “marital events” on the productivity and risk tolerance of hedge fund managers. We caught up…

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It’s Better To Be Born Rich Than Gifted

The most telling part of the piece – The least-gifted children of high-income parents graduate from college at higher rates than the most-gifted children of low-income parents.” No doubt this is a universal phenomena. The graphic below shows that the raw material for being successful is evenly distributed across socio-economic groups but the expression of…

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S&P500 Daily Returns

With the US market having a conniption overnight I thought I would play with excel at look at those periods where the market had fallen by 2% or more in a session. The first thing I noticed was how few falls there are of this magnitude or greater even going back to 1950. As you…

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Companies Are Stupid

Given that they are run by people it shouldn’t be any surprise…..  J F C Fuller did not invent the tank. That distinction should probably fall to E L de Mole, an Australian who approached the British war office in 1912 with a design that was — in the words of historians Kenneth Macksey and…

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People Are Stupid

A new study has found more than 250 people have died in pursuit of a perfect selfie. The study published by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care journal (and republished by the National Library of Medicine in the States) looks into how many of us social media obsessed plebs are dying for the ‘gram. Led by…

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The Pet Rock Brigade Are Back

One of the things that most surprised me when I moved into finance as a profession (I use the term loosely) was the stunning lack of evidence for most of the things that were spoken about. My observation was that this lack of substantiation seemed to be a vertically integrated industry. Nobel Prizes were handed…

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