For some reason this week, there’s a been a slew of articles that give insights into the rich (like buying $800 candles). On the health front, new research shows the virtues of weightlifting, gene therapy for Parkinson’s and drawing on memory. Amazon is now scanning health records and I-Phones can be unlocked by third-parties. On family issues, research shows birth order doesn’t affect personality and summer-born kids get over-diagnosed with ADHD. There’s a bunch more articles and some really cute (and odd) animal pictures at the bottom.
I’ve got some excellent articles this week. Two papers on trading markets around events: one on equities and FOMC and one on bonds and auctions. Some good papers on how business cycles and monetary policy spills over from big countries to smaller ones. Another on the difference between the financial cycle and the business cycle. I have a bunch of articles on the growing “Cold War” rivalry between the US and China. And there a few on inequality. Finally, the FT has its recommendations for best econ books of 2018. INVESTING and TRADING The Periodic Table of Investments […]
Self help books that work https://ift.tt/2BqzQk5 Self help books that work The self-help genre gets a bad press, and not without reason, but there are a few self-help books that I’ve read, enjoyed, and felt wiser as a result. The Tao of Pooh (UK) (US) by Benjamin Hoff is a wise, funny meditation on life that changed the way I looked at the world when I read it as a 19 year old. I may be older and a little more cynical these days but this still feels like a book worth reading. TED Talks (UK) (US) by Chris Anderson is the […]
100 Notable Books of 2018 https://ift.tt/2A8xNPy The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Publish via – The New York Times November 24, 2018 at 03:57PM https://ift.tt/2A8xNPy
The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018 https://ift.tt/2BhhXE1 In the opening pages of You and I Eat the Same, an impressive collection of essays and stories about how food connects people across political lines and cultural borders, editor Chris Ying admits that he wasn’t initially sold on the book’s title. “I’m still not prepared to say that you and I eat exactly the same,” Ying admits in the introduction. “But after reading what our contributors had to say about the ways food links us together, I feel distinctly closer to other people.” Maybe that’s because it’s hard to argue […]
The best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore https://ift.tt/2BhMotQ All three of its outlets (there’s one at Orchard Central, South Beach and Square 2) boast zen-like interiors and a menu of Asian and Western dishes that are all vegetarian, mostly vegan and some even gluten-free. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and largely organic. Even its choice of beverages offer plant-based ingredients, like the Ginger Beetroot Kefir ($6) and dairy-free drinks like a Vanilla Quinoa Milk ($6.80). TRY The flavour-packed organic fried brown rice ($8.50), which has a ton of veggies and diced pineapple, and the homemade dumplings ($9.80) that are generously stuffed with carrots, […]
Lots of political events in recent weeks, so I have few articles on US midterms and UK’s Brexit. On the more macro side, there are some interesting articles on how to think about central bank balance sheets, EM inflation and fiscal crowding out in Italy. Oh, and I have an article listing the most expensive business schools in the world. Enjoy.
Some big health studies came out recently which support the case of some health supplements. Tech innovation continues with Dubai Police buying “hoversurf drones” and the rise of death doulas.
18 topics badly explained by many Finance Professors by Pablo Fernandez :: SSRN https://ift.tt/2z4n3lO 18 topics badly explained by many Finance Professors 22 Pages Posted: Date Written: October 20, 2018 Abstract This paper addresses 18 finance topics that are badly explained by many Finance Professors. The topics are: 1. Where does the WACC equation come from? 2. The WACC is not a cost. 3. The WACC equation when the value of debt is not equal to its nominal value. 4. The term equity premium is used to designate four different concepts. 5. Textbooks differ a lot on their recommendations regarding […]
Nowcasting New Zealand GDP using machine learning algorithms, by Adam Richardson; Thomas van Florenstein Mulder; Tugrul Vehbi https://ift.tt/2OBSg4E Author Abstract This paper analyses the real-time nowcasting performance of machine learning algorithms estimated on New Zealand data. Using a large set of real-time quarterly macroeconomic indicators, we train a range of popular machine learning algorithms and nowcast real GDP growth for each quarter over the 2009Q1-2018Q1 period. We compare the predictive accuracy of these nowcasts with that of other traditional univariate and multivariate statistical models. We find that the machine learning algorithms outperform the traditional statistical models. Moreover, combining the individual […]