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The Biggest Bluff: She Stoops To Conquer

I enjoyed The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win, by Maria Konnikova. Like Maria Konnikova, I think poker is a great laboratory for decision-making under uncertainty. Personal story: I had a job as a market analyst, but I was a terrible trader. One issue I had is I couldn’t […]

Why Blockchain Is (Mostly) Useless

Cryptocurrencies are useless. They’re only used by speculators looking for quick riches, people who don’t like government-backed currencies, and criminals who want a black-market way to exchange money. – Bruce Schneier The column from which this quote is lifted is well worth reading and thinking about. The key feature of cryptocurrencies and blockchain apps is […]

There ain’t no such thing as a free option

I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Keep it simple, stupid – Anonymous This post is motivated by this story of automakers up in arms about Trump deregulating emissions standards. […]

On the end of the StreetEYE experiment. And what I learned about the bias/variance tradeoff in news, social, and life.

The StreetEYE mad science experiment came to an end on 3/31/2019. Many thanks for supporting StreetEYE over the years! A few people have asked about alternatives. The closest alternative is Nuzzel. Nuzzel is essentially what Twitter Moments should have been. See the Nuzzel page for TheLinkfest, log in with your own Twitter account, scroll down […]

How I learned to stop worrying and love quantitative tightening

Many people are talking about ‘quantitative tightening’ and ‘balance sheet reduction’, and some people are blaming it for market volatility, discussed here, here, here. IMHO, blaming balance sheet reduction for market volatility is cargo cult mumbo jumbo. What is QT? During the crisis, a lot of bad loans were made and a lot of risky […]

The Top 100 People To Follow For Financial News On Twitter, January 2019

It’s been more than a year since we posted our last list of people to follow on Twitter for financial news. Time for an update! Without further ado, here is this year’s list (click on headers to re-sort): Rank Screen Name Name Influence Score Relevance Score Order by Topic 1 pdacosta Pedro Nicolaci da Costa […]

What I Learned From Watching The Sting And Reading David Maurer

Wall Street never changes, the pockets change, the suckers change, the stocks change, but Wall Street never changes, because human nature never changes. – Jesse Livermore Confidence men are hardly criminals in the usual sense of the word, for they prosper through a superb knowledge of human nature; they are set apart from those who […]

The Most Shared Financial Blogs 2018

The list: VoxEU ZeroHedge FiveThirtyEight World Economic Forum Project Syndicate Brookings Marginal Revolution ValueWalk ForexLive Seeking Alpha coindesk PIIE Dealbreaker The Reformed Broker A Wealth Of Common Sense Calculated Risk Bruegel The Big Picture mainly macro CATO Institute Visual Capitalist Real Investment Advice StockTwits Cointelegraph Brad DeLong CityLab The Irrelevant Investor American Economic Association AEI […]

The “Spygate” outrage

‘Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four.’ – George Orwell When Trump tries to brand the swirling swampy maelstrom around him as ‘Spygate’, it gives the game away. If you get busted by the cops with Russian entanglements in your campaign, one way to go is to claim ignorance and […]

Losing the meta-game

I suggest a new strategy, R2. Let the Wookiee win. – C3PO Jeff Bezos tells a story about how he gave his grandmother a hard time about smoking until she cried, and his grandfather took him aside and said, “You are going to figure out one day, that’s it’s harder to be kind than to […]

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