• Network Would Beat Hierarchy in Finance
    Posted by on July 14th, 2014 at 9:24 am, Comments: 0

    When the “internet happens” in an industry, it’s really interesting to look at the fall out.  Usually quite a few things happen at the same […]

  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick […]

  • YCharts Makes You Smarter
    Posted by on June 28th, 2014 at 11:22 am, Comments: 0

    YCharts started out in the depths of the financial crisis.  They are based in Chicago, and have offices in New York City as well.  Shawn […]

  • Should Startups Pay Attention to MacroEconomics?
    Posted by on June 13th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    MacroEconomics can be boring.  The measurements for them are also pretty messy.  There are lots of worries with running a startup company.  Two of the […]

  • Are Startup Valuations and Internet Stocks Bubblicious?
    Posted by on May 31st, 2014 at 10:42 am, Comments: 0

    Mary Meeker did a presentation last week and talked about a lot of trends when it came to startups.  She does it every year for […]

  • Where is The Puck Going? The Uberification of Everything
    Posted by on May 30th, 2014 at 7:23 am, Comments: 0

    Wayne Gretzky used to tell people,  “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”  We know what finance […]

  • It Wasn’t A Financial Crisis; It Was A Systemic Run
    Posted by on April 17th, 2014 at 8:27 am, Comments: 0

    Blockbuster paper released by Professor John Cochrane yesterday.  It’s on the financial crisis.  In January of 2009, I saw a panel discussion at the University […]

  • Electronic Systems Do Fail
    Posted by on April 9th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday $CME’s electronic trading system shut down because of some glitch.  This happens from time to time in electronic systems.  No matter what programmers do, […]

  • Does It Affect You? If You Believe in Free Market Capitalism It Does
    Posted by on April 1st, 2014 at 3:40 pm, Comments: 0

    Today on CNBC, a guest said HFT doesn’t affect long term investors.  He said that they should be “all in” when it comes to stocks […]

  • Professor Says We Should Slow Down HFT
    Posted by on March 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Professor Eric Budesh at the University of Chicago has run a study on high speed trading.  In the study, he found that HFT doesn’t add […]

  • Why Do We Have Stock Buybacks?
    Posted by on March 22nd, 2014 at 9:50 am, Comments: 0

    Last year, companies re-purchased stock in large numbers as reported in the Wall Street Journal.  It is not at the record 2007 pace, but the […]

  • Who’s Looking Out for the Little Guy?
    Posted by on March 8th, 2014 at 8:03 am, Comments: 0

    Steve Zwick wrote a nice article in Futures Magazine.  Here is the link to the entire article.  I would suggest reading the whole thing.  It […]

  • Should Your Startup Be A Corporation or LLC?
    Posted by on March 5th, 2014 at 8:04 am, Comments: 0

    One debate that startups constantly have is how to legally organize themselves.  The two basic types of legal entities are a corporate structure, or an […]

  • Twitter and Blogs, Best Place for Investment Ideas
    Posted by on March 4th, 2014 at 8:37 am, Comments: 0

    Ironic.  Today I saw this story tweeted out; “Blogs, Twitter Becoming More Important Source Of Investment Ideas”.  Yesterday, I agreed to be a part of a […]

  • The Mt. Gox BlowUp, and Predictable Responses
    Posted by on February 27th, 2014 at 8:10 am, Comments: 0

    Been offline moving for a bit.  Finally got internet back.  In the ensuing day, the Mt. Gox exchange blew up.  This shouldn’t be a surprise. […]

  • ICE Chief Takes Lead On Market Reform
    Posted by on February 24th, 2014 at 7:53 am, Comments: 0

    One of the reasons I started this blog in 2010 was because I thought that the general public was pretty misinformed when it came to […]

  • What We Will See In The Future
    Posted by on February 20th, 2014 at 10:44 am, Comments: 0

    Been reading around the web about the WhatsApp purchase by Facebook.  WhatsApp had one investor, Sequoia.  The VC only owned 20% of the company based […]

  • Getting Stock Market News Efficiently
    Posted by on February 19th, 2014 at 8:47 am, Comments: 0

    One of the tougher pain points when investing is trying to get and assemble news about single stocks you have money in.  When you are […]