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The Luck of the Average

Mon Aug 27th, 2012

Aaron Brown

Why you have to be very lucky to have average luck.

Quant: A Dangerous Word Frequently Misused and Misunderstood

Tue Aug 21st, 2012

Aaron Brown

False etymologies and sloppy use can lead to errors. An essay on the meandering path of the word "quant" from 1896 to the present.

By the Numbers: Is California Like Greece?

Mon Aug 13th, 2012

Aaron Brown

Greece is not Greece because its problems were intractable. Greece is Greece because the Greeks chose not to save it.

Arbitrage in the Ancient World

Mon Aug 6th, 2012

Aaron Brown

Thales of Miletus made a fortune in the olive market nearly 600 years before the Christian era. But how did he do it?

Should There Be a 'National Transportation Safety Board' to Investigate Financial Disasters?

Mon Jul 30th, 2012

Aaron Brown

A few months ago, I commented unfavorably on proposals to create a Foo

Should There Be a 'National Transportation Safety Board' to Investigate Financial Disasters?

Mon Jul 30th, 2012

Aaron Brown

The NTSB's report on a terrible bus accident shows why it is no model for financial industry investigations.

Whodunit? Part III: The Murder

Mon Jul 23rd, 2012

Aaron Brown

The first two installments described the creation of quantitative tool

Whodunit? Part III: The Murder

Mon Jul 23rd, 2012

Aaron Brown

The two previous installments explained how quantitative tools developed to manage risk were turned into a weapon. Part III tells how that weapon was used to kill the financial system, and what we can expect next.

Whodunit? Part II: The Weapon That Killed the Financial System

Tue Jul 17th, 2012

Aaron Brown

Last week, I discussed the logic behind quantitative allocation of cap

Whodunit? Part II: The Weapon That Killed the Financial System

Mon Jul 16th, 2012

Aaron Brown

Last week's installment explained how rocket scientists in the 1980s developed quantitative tools to allocate capital to risk-taking activities. Here, how those tools were forged into a murder weapon.
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