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Robert Young's Links
Apple is in trouble. Before the iPhone, it was a small time computer assembler, with little impact outside a few niche sectors. The iPhone changed all that, not least of which was morphing Apple from a computer company to a toy company. Not that anyone, Jobs possibly excepted (I don… Read full post »
"In today's fights over financial reform, the advantage goes to
those who hold the low ground, the underground, the dark room where
a rule can be modified in ways only a small handful of experts can
follow. These are the battles the banks can win."
That's from Jesse Eisinger's DealB%k column today.&nb… Read full post »
(One of the tech pieces. You, too, can be a finance quant; just like learning taxidermy from those matchbook cover correspondence courses.)
When I was a kid, the parents had many sayings related to child rearing. Some were intended to restrain the kids just for the sake of the parents'… Read full post »
Wherein we discuss the confluence of quants, computers,
macroeconomics, and SQL.
Herbalife is a ponzi scheme, although it remains legal. So is bitcoin. Whether either will survive 2014 is up for debate. For this piece, bitcoin is discussed.
For those who're lazy (or don't like my pros… Read full post »
At various times along the way I've asserted that even the 1% need Obamacare. In general, the point is that some things are simply too expensive, even for the rich, if only the 1% can afford them. Even if marginal cost is low (a fact virtually ignored by the MBA types),… Read full post »
Yesterday, I tossed in a metaphor to the growing realization that there just might be limits to making "new" tech. Specifically, that:
May be vendors should include a phone life's supply of Prozac?You know, with the stasis of tech, we enter a Dark Age, where little ever changes, the archetype…
A recent itch, motivated in large part by the carping from the
smartphone gallery, is that Moore's Law nears repeal. Unless
some new physics becomes evident.
Announcements for the latest Samsung Galaxy phone abound. This is from AnandTech. Pay special attention to the comments. … Read full post »
(Another comment, elsewhere, that gets elevated to essay. Kind of a selfie, I guess. The context: whether any of the other semiconductor companies can, or even should try to, match Intel.)
The larger issue, and certainly not imminent for the momo or day trading types, is what bec… Read full post »
FOMC transcripts are released. As you can see, they're
extensive. More text than my single set of eyeballs really
want to endure. Fortunately, the NYT has plenty of eyeballs,
and have gone through them. And published a number of pieces.
What's missing from the w… Read full post »
Ok, I know I should enter some blogging, commenting twelve step
program, but may be tomorrow.
Anyway, one of the many postings, many places, chewing on the WhatsApp buying led me to post the following comment (it starts with a snip from a previous comment):
-- younger users will move from them… Read full post »
Here's an interesting quote (from here):
Does that ring a bell? That kind of trade is similar to transactions in derivative products known as credit default swaps that played a key role in the financial crisis. Credit default swaps allowed investors to bet on the health of housing-related secu… Read full post »
It's the end of the world as we know it
(It's time I had some time alone)
And I feel fine, fine
Yes, yet another pot shot at the Zuck for dropping $4, $12, $16, $19 billion (depending on how you count) for something called WhatsApp. For the record, Forbes says that's for… Read full post »
Nocera talked up some recent books, such as "The Second Machine
Age" and "Who Owns the Future?". His column, both a
confirmation and contradiction rolled in one.
Confirmation, to the extent that the effect of technology is largely as talked about in this endeavor. Contradicti… Read full post »
The AOL brouhaha has finally been outed. We think. The company, at least its CEO, hasn't the foggiest idea what insurance means. Hire an actuary or two. I might even volunteer; kind of like a HuffPo contributor. No, while I'm a nice guy (mostly), I'm not a Fellow.
Most l… Read full post »
The first in a, likely weekly, series of recaps of silliness and
succor during the previous week. Now that there's no foobawl
on Sunday to distract...
Let's start with Maher, from Friday. I didn't note down the numbers, being snuggled up in bed whilst I watched, and transcripts don't appea… Read full post »
There once was a movie (1965), "Boeing, Boeing", a farce (it had to be, of course) starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
Bernard's life is turned upside down when his girlfriends' airlines begin putting new, state-of-the-art aircraft into service. These faster airplanes change all of the existing rou… Read full post »
Today's NYT brings yet another
context-free Brooks column, wherein he makes yet more claims of
a rosy future. Sort of.
He starts by trashing previously gold standard smarts, then poses the rhetorical query:
But what human skills will be more valuable?So, what are his candidates?
... people who c… Read full post »
This endeavor started with a missive which asserted that the Bernanke/Obama recovery plan couldn't work
In 2009, who are the unemployed? Not, by and large, workers in factories that will make goods for American consumers. The deindustrialization of the economy, in progress since the 1970's, makes any… Read full post »
Do you prefer your orange juice from the orange, or from the frozen can? Can is cheaper, and, if your water is decent, will taste just as good as the kind in a gallon jug. Which brings us to Humira. I'm watching a golf tournament, and there was just a commercial… Read full post »
Howard Hughes was, arguably, the last truly innovative American capitalist. Today, the likes of Apple are gifted with patents on such silliness as a rounded corner rectangle. The processor in that rectangle was created by a bunch of Socialist Brits, for crying out loud. And built by… Read full post »
In today's news from Wal-Mart:
"... the sales impact from the reduction in SNAP (the U.S. government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits that went into effect Nov. 1 is greater than we expected."
OK, so Goliath took a hit. How long will it be that all them good ole Southern capita… Read full post »
Watching Keith Olbermann voice-over sports clips is to see an utter waste. I had no concept of Olbermann before is MSNBC stint, but I do catch bits of him whilst waiting for the local weather to come on. And thus I discovered "bye, Felicia". Who the hell is she? Near as… Read full post »
How would you like to be a P/C actuary for one of the Bermuda Re-insurers these days? (In what follows, the discussion is around so called CAT bonds, which will be explained. While the events discussed were covered by regular liability insurance, such events should be covered privately, a… Read full post »
All these limp wristed whiners need to shut up. Yes, it
might be a tad chilly in the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl (and on
Ground Hog's Day, in case you forgot; census day on Block Island,
too). So what? Here's some important data.
Here's the rundown on the NFL Championship games.&n… Read full post »
The quant/bankster types took something of a hit during/following The Great Recession (it is over, right?) for being the enablers of The Giant Pool of Money to bubble up through the housing markets. Yes, plural; Spain and Ireland to name just two others. I've gushed untold keystrokes in t… Read full post »