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Book Review: Diary Of A Very Bad Year

Book Review: Diary Of A Very Bad Year

By The Banker | Book Reviews

I’ll admit to two large biases before praising Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager. First, I prefer a personal account by a financial practitioner, rather than a financial journalist’s perspective, nearly every time. This preference, after all, underpins my idea with the Bankers Anonymous site itself. The acronymic [&hellip

Book Review: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Book Review: Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

The Rise of the Machines Michael Lewis wrote Flash Boys to alert the non-finance world about the scourge of high frequency traders front-running investors and fracturing traditional capital markets. Lewis does not distinguish between quantitative (or algorithmic) trading strategies and high frequency trading firms (HFTs), although it’s helpful to define these terms first. Quantitative strategies [&hellip

Book Review: All The Math You Need To Get Rich

Book Review: All The Math You Need To Get Rich

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Personal Finance

I learned from my wife the concept of the “feedback sandwich,” by which she means if you want to give someone an important piece of critical advice, it’s often most strategic to cushion the blow with a compliment to start, and a compliment to finish, with the criticism nestled in between. Michael Scott in Scranton, [&hellip

Book Review: Inside the Black Box

Book Review: Inside the Black Box

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Investing, Wall Street

I read Rishi Narang’s Inside the Black Box as a kind of primer on quantitative trading, in advance of reading Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys. Need for a primer on quantitative trading I need a primer before reading Flash Boys for several reasons. I was an ‘over-the-counter’ institutional bond guy, rather than a participant in the exchange-traded [&hellip

Book Review: Words and Money by Andre Schiffrin

Book Review: Words and Money by Andre Schiffrin

By The Banker | Book Reviews

Somewhere on my Top 5 thematic topics on Bankers Anonymous is a hard-core media critique – which I refer to in kinda-joking-kinda-not joking shorthand as the “Financial Infotainment Industrial Complex.” When I read the Wall Street Journal or listen to financial news on the radio I find myself talking back – usually although not always [&hellip