Posts filed under “Really, really bad calls”

CFR: A Conversation With Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan discusses current trends in the global economy and his solutions for addressing the financial crisis.

The C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics is presented by the Corporate Program and the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies.

Category: Economy, Federal Reserve, Really, really bad calls, Video

Economics Advances One Funeral at a Time . . .

Quantitative easing over. It is a good occasion to consider what we know about central bank intervention, when it is appropriate and when it isn’t. We have a century of broad and deep central bank history and data upon which to make our assessment. Yet we seem to ignore much of what has been learned…Read More

Category: Economy, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Taxes and Policy

1933: Colombia Experts Oppose Gold Plan

Source:NYT

Category: Currency, Inflation, Really, really bad calls, Think Tank

American Red Cross Wasted Millions of Dollars of Sandy Donations

The American Red Cross has become a man-made disaster. It wasted millions of dollars in Hurricane Sandy aid through mismanagement and poor judgment. It compounded the snafu by covering up its errors, hiring lawyers to prevent the public from finding out what happened to its donations. Earlier this year, I expressed my disappointment in the…Read More

Category: Corporate Management, Really, really bad calls

Bad Maths

We live in an era of technological advancement. Whether it’s genomics, nanotechnology or software algorithms, the world is driven by mathematical solutions to complex problems. Yet at the same time, we are surrounded by what I like to call Bad Math. It seems as if the average person has little familiarity with the fundamental workings…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Really, really bad calls

Bankers Learned All the Wrong Lessons From the Financial Crisis

Under normal circumstances, approving my mortgage application should be a no-brainer: High income, no debt, high credit score. The missus also makes a good income, has an almost-perfect credit score and has been working for the same business for 28 years. But these are not normal circumstances. Let me jump to the end: Yes, we…Read More

Category: Credit, Real Estate, Really, really bad calls

Foreign fighters flow to Syria

Source: Washington Post

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

You Are Worrying About the Wrong Things

No, you are not going to die from Ebola. To quote a wag on Twitter, “More Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died from Ebola.” But the latest scare does have a small positive: It provides me with yet another opportunity to lecture you about how incredibly dumb your lizard brain is….Read More

Category: Investing, Politics, Psychology, Really, really bad calls

Zombie Ideas? Blame the Billionaires…

  “We are in the business of making mistakes. The only difference between the winners and the losers is that the winners make small mistakes, while the losers make big mistakes.” -Ned Davis   I began my career in finance on a trading desk. You learn some things very early on in that sort of…Read More

Category: Bad Math, Philosophy, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Regulation

I Dare You to Try to Refinance. Go Ahead, Just Try.

The bond market seems to have had its own flash crash this week. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond dipped briefly below 2 percent, as panicked equity sellers looked for a safe place to park their cash. Treasuries, of course, are the world’s option of choice, the safest and most liquid port during…Read More

Category: Credit, Real Estate, Really, really bad calls