Up! The Fed’s next meeting

The increased political acrimony, as well as Trump’s already documented unpredictability, will lead to a lot more uncertainty and volatility.

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Twitter IPO: Seeing Little Birdies.

So Twitter will be a publicly traded company, and will give us couple new billionaires. Beneath the surface of the launch, there are a couple of interesting… shall we say anecdotes? They give a different -and often missed- insight into the markets. Since I’m all for the different perspective on things, here are two things that…

Simple How-To: Divergency Strategies

I tried to boil down divergency trading strategies to the absolute bare bones as a way to better understand how they work. Once you have the skeletal structure, it allows you to build a new strategy from the bottom up and offers the most customization. Here I use a very simple example of a two…

Improving Wealth Redistribution

Today, we’re going to solve world poverty. OK, that might be a bit ambitious for a blog post, but this is one subject where we ought to be a little overambitious. Just a little. I hope at this point I don’t have to tell you that there is a serious issue with wealth distribution in…

Wealth Redistribution, Corporate Style

I recently got into an argument about Chilean education reform. For those who don’t know, there have been massive protests in Chile demanding better -and free- tertiary education. While that’s a fascinating issue from a humane perspective, and certainly an issue in this year’s election, there an actuarial problem that gets ignored in the fray.…

Goodbye to Low Interest Mortgages

It hasn’t hit the mainstream media yet, but there’s plenty of discussion in financial news publications: there has been a sudden increase in the cost of housing loans. The cause is last week’s speech by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hinting at the possibility that that the Bank will start to taper off it’s program for…