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Markets Are Not Math!

August 9 – The Wall Street Journal (Henny Sender and Kate Kelly): Quant funds – ‘quant’ stands for quantitative — generally operate by building computer models of market behavior and then allowing the computer programs to dictate trading. A recurring characteristic of the recent trouble in financial markets is that many lenders, funds and brokerages […]

Smoot-Hawley’s Revenge

“The bottom line here is very clear: The US Congress just doesn’t do macro.”  –Stephen Roach, in Past The Point Of No Return
Isn’t it remarkable that the pea-brains on capitol hill don’t link the obvious negative consequences of the trade imbalance with China (manufacturing job loss) with the “positive” results we’ve come to depend on: […]

NovaStar: The Subprime Litmus Test

MorningStar has a pretty nice article out from yesterday featuring duelling analysts regarding the fate of NovaStar. After their almost naively-sanguine and narrowly-scoped Alt-A/banks article last week, I find this a breath of fresh(er) air. While I believe it is a little bit inane to be discussing subprime at this point (the […]

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