Randomness

My Take on Bitcoin 5 Years Later

I thought it would be appropriate to sit down and write this article given all the frenzy and talk behind Bitcoin, and the growing interest and seemingly mania like environment around it.

Our Biggest Financial Challenges are often Self-Inflicted

In many respects, people can be their own worst enemies in their quest for financial security. When you consider that our lives are nothing more than a culmination of the decisions we make each day, if we tend to make more bad decisions than good decisions, or worse, if we can’t make decisions at all, it’s should be no surprise when financial security  remains elusive.

Investment Planning for an Uncertain World

Chances are good that if you turn on the prime time news on any given day or pull up your favorite newspaper on your iPad one of the top stories will relate to emerging risks around the world.

Active vs. Passive Investing

Institutional money managers running various mutual funds or hedge funds are for most part paid to apply their knowledge to pick investments that will beat their benchmarks by identifying, analyzing and selecting the next winners from the wide universe

Managing Investment Risks

In my opinion, it is impossible to predict future stock market returns. Investment models can produce hypothetical returns but they can’t account for future events. So, in my opinion, investors who manage their investments based on market performance or what they perceive as opportunities for better returns have very little control over the outcome.

Flash Boy

The recent Michael Lewis book Flash Boys sure has been able to garner the much needed attention in mainstream media toward an esoteric concept in finance commonly referred to as High Frequency Trading or HFT.

Outcome or Process

Here is an excerpt from a weekly piece Barry Ritholtz writes for Washington Post:

Has this ever happened to you?

Skill Versus Luck in Investing

Fooled by Randomness

This past month I decided to re-read Fooled by Randomness an excellent book written by Nasim Taleb. The book is a great read for anyone that hasn’t looked or isn’t used to looking at various events from a mathematical or statistical perspective.

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