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A Terrible Idea

Friday, September 19th, 2008

The SEC bans the short-selling of financial stocks. This is a sad day. Fear and politics triumph over individual freedom and sound policy. Arnold Kling offers a primer on short-selling and why stock prices can fall even if no one is “shorting.” Tyler Cowen notes that investors are still able to short the exchange traded […]

Location Matters When it Comes to Trading

Monday, March 31st, 2008

From an excellent Economist article surveying talent in the asset management industry: Some quants have a long-term perspective, but many take advantage of the liquidity of modern financial markets to trade very frequently indeed; companies such as AQR, D.E. Shaw, Highbridge and Renaissance often form a substantial portion of daily trading on the New York […]

Hometown Unemployment

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

The unemployment rate in the Idaho Falls/Blackfoot greater area is currently 1.4 percent (as of September). The data is courtesy of, a great site that compiles all sorts of interesting economic data. It is worth checking out. And, if you’re looking to relocate to a small western town with amazing trout fishing, frisbee golf, […]

Chinese Oil Price Controls

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

┬áThe latest Economist reports: “A price this high should also temper demand for oil. Motorists’ thirst for fuel does indeed seem to be faltering in rich countries. But as Francisco Blanch of Merrill Lynch notes, most of the incremental demand for oil comes from China, India and the Middle East, where the prices of petrol […]