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Ready Player One

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:00:47 +0000

I read Ernest Cline’s first novel Ready Player One entirely on a flight back from Europe. It was the first fiction book I have gotten my hands on in 2 years, and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the Spielberg directed movie, coming March 30, 2018.     Ready Player One Official Trailer…

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This Is Your Brain On Art

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:00:56 +0000

This is worth clicking through — its very interesting   Click for the full presentation. Source: Washington Post

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MiB: Matthew Rothman on Quant 3.0

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:27 +0000

Matthew Rothman is the head of Global Quantitative Equity Research at Credit Suisse as well as a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  He was hired a few years before the financial crisis hit to be global head of Quantitative Research at Lehman Brothers (and then Barclays Capital, post Lehman…

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10 Weekend Reads

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:33:42 +0000

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of French Press coffee, grab a seat on the bow, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • This former hedge fund guy is a one-man nonprofit investigating some of America’s shadiest companies (Nieman Lab) • HGTV Is a Never-ending Fantasy Loop. Look Deeper, and It Gets Pretty Ugly. (Vulture) • How a…

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Turbulent Times in Quant Land

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 10:00:32 +0000

This week’s MiB is with Matthew Rothman, currently head of Global Quantitative Equity Research at Credit Suisse, and Senior Lecturer in Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Not too long before the Great Financial Crisis began, he was hired as global head of Quantitative Research at Lehman Brothers. In the midst of the…

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Vonnie Quinn: “You Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time”

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:00:32 +0000

You think you know somebody, then you find out they have a 2nd persona you were wholly unaware of. To wit:   Dave Barckow & Vonnie Quinn tear it up on “You Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time”   Seriously, WTF — how have I not know about this? More after the jump .…

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Succinct Summation of Week’s Events 9.22.17

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:00:31 +0000

Succinct Summations for the week ending September 22nd, 2017   Positives: 1. S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ Composite all made new all-time highs. Yay! 2. Index of leading economic indicators rose 0.4%, above the 0.2% expected increase. 3. Import and export prices both rose 0.6% m/o/m, well above the 0.4% and 0.2%…

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No, This Is Not the Second Longest Bull Market Ever

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:00:36 +0000

There’s Nothing Old About This Bull Market Claims that it’s the second-longest ever don’t hold up Bloomberg, September 22, 2017       I keep reading how this bull market is the second-longest since World War II. Lots and lots of articles, comments, observations, tweets, blog posts and on and on are running with this…

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LTCM: The Innovative Financial Technology Company

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:30:31 +0000

Long-Term Capital Management L.P. (LTCM) hedge fund management used absolute-return trading strategies that combined sophisticated analytics (tee hee!) with 100 to 1 financial leverage. The firm’s master hedge fund, Long-Term Capital Portfolio L.P., collapsed, leading to an agreement on September 23, 1998, among 16 financial institutions—which included Bankers Trust, Barclays, Bear Stearns, Chase Manhattan Bank,…

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10 Friday AM Reads

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:34:47 +0000

My beginning of Fall, morning train reads: • A Hacker’s Guide to Destroying the Global Economy (Institutional Investor) • This anniversary is a reminder that some market gurus are full of it (USA Today) • Will the Earth be destroyed this Saturday? Hint: No. (Syfy Wire) see also The World Is Ending? Invest as If It Won’t. (The Big Picture) • Being Sure You’re Right…

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