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The Federal Reserve Is in a Bind

Anthony Scaramucci | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
Anthony Scaramucci

The U.S. economy can't seem to settle on a narrative. Early in the year data suggested growth was accelerating, but a dismal May jobs report, combined with Brexit, brought fleeting expectations of a summer Fed hike to a screeching halt.

CEO Talk: Karel Janecek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Lan Anh Vu

Karel Janecek is the founder, majority shareholder, and former chairman of the board of RSJ, one of the most successful and largest algorithmic tradin...

Could Corporate Sustainability Result in a Big Short on Humanity?

Mark Coleman | Posted 05.10.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

A tremendous amount of progress has been made, particularly with regard to the increased awareness of climate change, water scarcity, human rights, an...

Derivatives: Good for Risk Mitigation and Growth

Ross DeVol | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Ross DeVol

As volatility in equity markets this year demonstrate, the world continues to be a risky place.

It's Not Your Grandma's Data

Irene Aldridge | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Once upon a time, or, more precisely, just some 20 years ago, "data" was a term reserved for magnetic tapes and numerous governance committees, engage...

Why We Could See an Oil Price Shock in 2016

James Stafford | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
James Stafford

The depletion of old oil wells is expected to surpass new sources of supply in 2016, as the ongoing oil price slump puts a long list of oil projects o...

Despite His Towering Penis, Donald Trump Is Inconsequential

Peter Schwartz | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

But once we settle on this axiom -- no god-powers to Donald Trump, ever -- the fact remains that even if he were to become president the world will remain much larger and more inscrutable than someone like Donald Trump (whose truly unhandsome reflection consumes his entire universe) can even fractionally comprehend.

Active investing versus passive: What if everyone indexed, except Warren Buffett?

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

Warren Buffett sometimes says things that seem . . . contradictory.

There Are Always Opportunities in the Market

Paul Scolardi | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Paul Scolardi

One of the most important qualities that any successful trader should have is a true sense of optimism. When it comes to finding success in today's ma...

Do Financial Markets Matter for the Real Economy?

Alex Edmans | Posted 01.18.2016 | Business
Alex Edmans

The benefits of an efficient financial sector for the real economy are clear. The challenge for policymakers is to harness the financial sector's vast resources to increase the informativeness of market prices.

Quo Vadis, Economy?

Shohini Kundu | Posted 12.14.2015 | World
Shohini Kundu

Global economic growth is in a nation's self-interest. We should be working to promote growth wherever the ground is fertile.

What Can We Really Know About The Future Of Stock Prices?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Talking to Frydman is a bit like entering a fascinating meditation on the limits of knowledge and the nature of truth. Having lived through the failure of centralized planning in communist Poland, he is particularly sensitive to the hubris of believing that the future can be exactly mapped.

Aggressive HFT and Institutional Trading Activity - Who Leads Market Crashes?

Irene Aldridge | Posted 09.16.2015 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Most recent routs in the U.S. financial markets have prompted an outpouring of angst. Detractors of high-frequency trading (HFT) were particularly up in arms about the market downturn, which many of them blamed squarely on manipulation by HFT.

Should I Save up for a Rainy Day?

Shazir Mucklai | Posted 09.01.2015 | College
Shazir Mucklai

With the recession barely behind us and as a millennial myself, I can attest to the fact that having a job is a great thing. Not having one is a horrific experience to go through. Finances are extremely important and saving up for a rainy day is even more so.

Want to Lessen Volatility of Financial Markets? Express Your Thoughts Online!

Irene Aldridge | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Irene Aldridge

Social media continuously updates our collective knowledge of financial markets. Investors posting their thoughts online and experiences with a particular publicly-traded firm may encourage others to consider investing into the stock of that company.

Financial News on Twitter: Who to Follow? Mapping and Ranking the Top 100 Twittersphere Accounts

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 06.20.2015 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

The good folks at Captain Economics did a great post a couple of weeks back on 'The Economics Twitosphere Top 100 Influential Users'. We followed up with our own post, Mapping the Financial / Media Twittersphere, an illustration of the Twitter accounts that are most central for financial news.

CNBC's Jim Cramer: Make Money, Don't Moralize

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Once a nation turns its back on a resolute determination to cultivate moral deservedness, political and financial superintendency passes to those who gain power illegitimately--a fact described eloquently by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

Understanding Bitcoin

David Bergstein | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
David Bergstein

Through recent conversations with various friends and colleagues, it has become apparent that Bitcoin is somewhat of a mystery to the majority of the population. The common query, even among seasoned investors, is inevitably, "What is Bitcoin?"

Health Wins as Candy's Crushed: A Tale of Two IPOs

Josh Stevens | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Josh Stevens

We have just begun to scratch the surface of healthcare innovation, solving real problems that can benefit investors and consumers alike.

Microcredit Impact Revisited

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

While the technical arguments might seem arcane, the underlying question of the impact of a development intervention is an important one.

Make the "Rigged" Markets Work for You

Dan Solin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

How do you position yourself to benefit from the positive effects of high-frequency trading, while avoiding its perils?

Recent Volatility in Stock and Emerging Markets: How Worrisome?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The U.S. markets opened with a rebound today after yesterday's selloff, so go figure. Like I said, who knows why indexes bump and grind on a daily and intra-daily basis? But these larger issues are very much worth keeping a close eye upon.

Reflections on 2013 and Beyond

Dan Solin | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

I learned a lot this past year from reading your comments, doing research for my blog posts and talking to investors all over the country. It certainly was an extraordinary year for the stock market.

What Is the Future of Thailand?

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Mary Buffett

During the 20th century, no area of the world has seen more heartbreak or suffered more tragedy than Southeast Asia. Long before any American involve...