Online only, 15/04/2010 / Comments (0)The authors of this slim volume need no introduction. Burton Malkiel’s A Random Walk Down Wall Street is a classic that was first published in 1973 and is still in print. Charles Ellis is a legendary portfolio manager and author of Winning the Loser’s Game (I reviewed it here). They have combined forces to boil […]
Online only, 12/04/2010 / Comments (0)Benford’s Law states that in many real-life sources of data, the leading digit is not distributed uniformly. Instead the digit 1 tends to occur with a probability of 30.1%, 2 with a probability of 17.6% but 9 has a probability of just 4.6%. In an uniform distribution, you would expect the digits to occur with […]
Online only, 31/03/2010 / Comments (0)The holdings page of the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT) is a good place to obtain data on the regional weightings in the world stock markets. The ETF tracks the FTSE All World Index, which in turn tracks the performance of about 2,700 stocks in the U.S., Europe, Pacific, Emerging Markets and Canada. If […]
Online only, 25/03/2010 / Comments (0)Edward Chancellor, author of an excellent book on past financial manias called Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation (my review is available here), believes that investors will be grappling in the future with the bursting of a bubble, this time in China.
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