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Three Simple, Low-Maintenence, Hi-Return Strategies

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Invest 15 Minutes to Earn Around 13% Per Year My last article was about how some ETF investment strategies made good money even during the wild and difficult years of 2008 and 2020. They applied either...
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Private Equity Investors Need to Keep Up With Data Analytics

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If you had a key that could unlock a shortcut to business achievement and professional success, wouldn’t you use it? The obvious answer would be yes, of course -- but today, some private equity...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Investing in a Downturn

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Do you want to buy low and sell high? Let me tell you a secret. That’s exactly what hundreds of thousands of traders and fund managers around the world want to do, but no one gets...
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Turning Dollars into Dimes: Time-Tested Options Strategies for Losing Money

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Creating great options strategies is a process of trial and error. This article is about those errors. Bad Strategy #1 — Selling Naked Options: The pinnacle of recklessness. This graph shows that if the market goes up, the...
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Using Google Search Trends to Predict Initial Jobless Claims

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For several years now, my focus has been on using alternative data of many kinds to predict macroeconomic statistics. When ran the Futures Group for the PDT Group at Morgan Stanley in the 1990’s...
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How Hedge Funds Are Profiting From Your Data

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The Full Extent of How Your Personal Data is Being (Mis)used You are going to the supermarket for groceries; on your shopping list, you have fruits, chocolate, and paper towels. While this is a simple...
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Quandl 2020 Alternative Data Conference

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Alternative data conferences connect actors in the buy-side ecosystem to explore novel use cases as the demand for alternative data is increasingly intense.  Only the largest and most sophisticated players with distinctly unique roles...
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The Best Way to Use Stock Market Correlations

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When Alfred Winslow Jones pioneered the world's first "hedged" fund (the "d" was dropped later) he blew other investors away by borrowing funds to short 20% of the stocks trading at the time. He...
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Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Investing

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Have you considered diversifying your investment portfolio? Of course you have. Have you considered diversifying the tools you use for investing? Maybe not. This is exactly what financial management firms are beginning to do. Industry-wide changes are happening...
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Artificial Intelligence is an Efficient Banker

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The innovative use of artificial intelligence in the financial industry is no passing fad. It is a must and a trend that seems to have no alternatives. Algorithms improve financial management and product selection...
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Ponzi Financing, Negative Interest Rates and Bitcoin

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In previous series of our Ponzi analysis, we have established a simple model – the old school Ponzi model. In this model, we have made several intuitive conclusions: Ponzi is essentially a process of...
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Hot Times in Cold Storage

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Why Cold Chain Logistics is on Fire Cold-storage warehousing is hot. In the past year, we have seen a flood of capital pouring into temperature-controlled logistics facilities. Investors and buyers have rushed into the sector, eager to...
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Thousand Years of Hedging History, Part 2

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This article will bring you through the transition from regionalization risks to globalization risks, the weakening of gold as a safe haven, and the beginning of a new phase of global economic crisis. It...
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4 Reasons Why Starlink is a Terrible Investment

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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santayana  In 2015 Elon Musk presented Starlink as the next revolution in global internet satellite communications. This constellation of twelve thousand small satellites...
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Thousand Years of Hedging History, Part 1

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This article will bring you through the evolution of hedging, from natural risks to single-point measurement risks, and regionalization risks. Following, it will also discuss regionalized hedging and the emergence of hedging with gold.    “……(usury),...
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Privacy vs. Alpha: A Conversation

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You are the CEO of a well-known asset management company and are sitting in a meeting with a new data vendor, your new portfolio manager (PM) who is an expert in alternative data, and...
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How to Code an Algorithmic Trading Strategy in 25 Minutes

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With the rise of Machine Learning and Data Scraping, technical skills have become a necessity for those who want to make a living in the finance industry. Algorithmic Trading is a perfect skill to pick...
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Breaking Through the Mist of Ponzi to Find the Dawn of Value, Part 2

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Reducing Outflows: The Carrot-and-Stick Retention Model The concept of user retention is not unique to Ponzi schemes. Traditional economies have also witnessed a gradual evolution of retention models. Initially, there were no rules. Then we had...
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Alternative Data Trends and Statistics

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Alternative data is defined as non-traditional data investors use to gain insights into their investment process. Unlike traditional datasets data such as financial statements and sales figures, alternative data offers investors insights into a...
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Breaking Through the Mist of Ponzi to Find the Dawn of Value, Part 1

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“Under the mist of Ponzi is not only the misery and suffering but also the dawn of value…” The longest Ponzi scheme in history is Bernie Madoff’s hedge fund of funds, which lasted for more...