When Business Theories Go Bad

When Business Theories Go Bad

By The Banker | Blog Posts

I’m a fan of New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore, whose previous article on the History of Debt in the US was totally fascinating. In a recent New Yorker article, she takes down the much admired theory of Harvard Business School ‘disruption’ guru Clayton Christensen. Christensen argues that companies that make incremental improvements to their [&hellip

Guest Post: Don't Buy Too Much Insurance!

Guest Post: Don’t Buy Too Much Insurance!

By Lars Kroijer | Blog Posts, Insurance, Personal Finance

Editor’s Note:  Lars Kroijer, semi-regular contributor here and author of Investing Demystified, offers one of the two most important principles of Insurance: Namely, don’t buy too much of it. In this post he uses the simple example of auto insurance – which because of state laws in the US we must buy – to argue [&hellip

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