Category: Finance

Is It Ever OK to Break Into Your Colleague’s Computer?

Rick was looking for Kelly, one of the analysts who supported his consulting team. Kelly’s hours were a mystery, and Rick was confused and annoyed. He tried to check her calendar online, but, after struggling to locate it, he solicited help from an IT specialist. They found all sorts of surprising weekday appointments at the…

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Look Who’s Distracted Now

When acclaimed hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones revealed his opinion that women become much less effective as stock traders or investors once they have children, he was, in a sense, suggesting that the distraction of motherhood—a distinctly feminine condition—exceeds that of other attention-siphoning activities. I was reminded of how, almost thirty years ago, I…

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To Catch a Thief: What We Can Learn From Online Dating

As I woke on a recent morning, the first thing I heard on the radio was a story about Florian Homm, a flamboyant German financier who had been on the run for five years for allegedly stealing over $200M from his Absolute Capital Hedge Fund. Mr. Homm was arrested in a sting operation at none…

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Understanding Financial Leverage

“Leverage” is one of the more interesting and difficult concepts to fully grasp in all of finance, but it’s important for anyone that borrows or plans to borrow money to understand. Much of the confusion stems from the contrasting meanings embedded in the same word. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary includes two very different definitions. The first suggests…

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