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Sheila Bair Says There's A Big Problem With ‘The Big Short’

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "The Big Short" has one big problem, according to Sheila Bair, a former top regulator who battled to rein in banking abuse during the g...

3 Things I Want My Son to Know About Patriotism

Micah Conkling | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Micah Conkling

I wrestle with what I'm going to tell him about America, and I've been trying to form a plan for engaging America's history - the good, bad, and incredibly ugly -- and talking to him about being "an American" in a healthy and productive way.

The Big Short - a chronicle of infectious shortsightedness; epidemic blindness, delusion, and deceit.

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.07.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Cooper

"Crap." That word is used quite often by the handful (one handful) of analysts and traders who "shorted" (bet against) the trillion-dollar mortgage-b...

'Big Short' Author: Break Up the Banks

Nell Minow | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

"The first thing I would do is break up the banks so that they are much smaller and they could all fail."

The Big Short

Francis Levy | Posted 12.30.2015 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

In his early writings Marx talked alienation caused by the division of labor. If nothing else The Big Short takes this to its logical conclusion in dramatizing an unregulated financial system that has little if nothing to do with the lives of those who actually have to work for a living.

The Big Short is a Feverish Account of Ethical, and Literal, Bankruptcy

Jake Nevins | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jake Nevins

If collateralized debt obligations, mortgage-backed securities and credit-default swaps are your thing, then Adam McKay's The Big Short is for you. If they're not, the film is still for you.

Interviewing Director Adam McKay On 'The Big Short'

Zaki Hasan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Faced with making a movie revolving around "mortgage-backed securities" and "tranches" and "collateralized debt obligations" play with mainstream audiences is no easy feat, but McKay manages it with remarkable ease.

'The Big Short' Blows Away Bogus Argument That Poor People Caused The Financial Crisis

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business

Nearly a decade ago, I wrote an article about how workers in a peculiar American industry were beginning to worry about subprime home loans. They wer...

Lunch With Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling at The Four Seasons: The Big Short

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.28.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Think The Wolf of Wall Street (from another era and without the sex and drugs) meets the indie masterpiece 99 Homes (about the housing market crisis).

Hillary Clinton Wants To Crack Down On High-Speed Wall Street Computer Trades

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton on Thursday will propose a new tax on risky high-frequency trading, according to campaign sources familiar with her pla...

Massive FIFA Investigation Begs the Question: Why Not Wall Street?

David Paul | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her FBI colleagues have done their job. They have painstakingly followed the roadmap from the bottom of a corrupt global conspiracy to the top. That is a good thing. It is only their choice of which corrupt global conspiracy to tackle that seems curious.

The Power of Sport: Analytics Conference Attracts 8th Graders

Kai Sato | Posted 05.11.2015 | Sports
Kai Sato

As an 8th grader, not only had Jonah chosen to attend one of the world's premier sports conferences, but he told me that he is already "working on an independent study in baseball analytics."

What's to Be Done About High Frequency Trading?

Robert Zevin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Robert Zevin

High Frequency Trading (HFT) is essentially no different from a highwayman standing in the road with a gun demanding a tributary toll from all who would go about their business to the better without him.

Goldman Sachs Three on a Match: Lehman, AIG and Carmen Segarra?

Jim Treacy | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Jim Treacy

Lehman down, AIG up, Carmen Segarra out and a seemingly well-connected, three-peat winner, Goldman Sachs, motors on...

The Reykjavik International Film Festival Is the Tectonic Meeting Point of European and American Indie Cinema

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

Whether you are looking to write, scout or shoot (the Icelandic Film Centre offers a 20 percent rebate if you meet certain "cultural criteria"), put Reykjavik and RIFF in your filmmaking bucket list.

What Baseball Teaches Us About Big Data

Mike Cassidy | Posted 11.08.2014 | Sports
Mike Cassidy

The idea that stats can outsmart baseball brains is the source of a heated and ongoing debate. It is wise, but not necessarily universally accepted by fans and pundits. How can a machine outperform years of coaching ball?

Billy Beane and the New Moneyball

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.10.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

More than a decade after Moneyball was written, on base percentage, and the ability to draw walks are no longer undervalued by the market. Accordingly, identifying the new market inefficiency is an ongoing challenge for all teams. Billy Beane, the name most associated with Moneyball, may have just found one.

Michael Lewis' Flash Boys

Robert Zevin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Robert Zevin

The real value of the book is that its detailed description of this particular scam provides a universal blueprint of the way all such scams work on Wall Street, throughout the financial industry.

Senate Panel Probing High-Frequency Trading Talks To 'Flash Boys'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

A Senate panel probing high-frequency trading on Wall Street has spoken to the people behind IEX, the upstart trading venue prominently featured in Mi...

How the One Percent Is Stealing Your Money in the Stock Market

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You think that the broker has your best interest at heart. They are, after all, working for you. You are paying them a commission. And you are living in America, the land of "everyday low prices." But you have been misled.

Chipotle Just Got A Whole Lot More Highbrow

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

Starting Thursday, the massive demographic that comprises both burrito-lovers and literary aficionados will find a real treat at Chipotle: Cups and ba...

What Would Michael Lewis Do? Let's Ask Him

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

The language of finance is complicated. From the "turgid dialect" of Fedspeak to the rambling disclaimers on investment prospectuses, the industry embraces verbosity.

Occupy Amazon: Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty And Michael Lewis Books Surging Online

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

If Amazon's top-sellers list is any indication, Americans are fed up with rising income inequality. As of Thursday evening, Sen. Elizabeth Warren'...

Michael Lewis: Making Lots Of Money On Wall Street 'Vaguely Criminal'

www.newrepublic.com | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

Lewis, who was formerly a writer at The New Republic, has written about Wall Street before, and is the author of several bestsellers, including Moneyb...

5 Myths About High-Frequency Trading

Bob Swarup | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

For better or for worse, high-frequency trading is a part of our financial landscape today. This is an economic arms race, and there are risks involved.