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  1. Ep. 166: Deepak Gurnani on Building Winning Investment Strategies 

    Bilal Hafeez

    Deepak Gurnani is the Founder and Managing Partner of Versor Investments - $2bn quantitative investment firm. Deepak is the former CIO of Investcorp’s Hedge Fund Group and was one of the founding members in 1996.

  2. Part II: NLP in Economics – Solving Common Problems

    Sam van de Schootbrugge

    A new CEPR working paper, co-authored by UCL Professor Stephen Hansen provides an overview of the methods used for algorithmic text analysis in economics.

  3. Ep. 165: Jim Rogers on the Demise of the Dollar, Inflation and China

    Bilal Hafeez

    Jim Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next 10 years, the portfolio gained 4200%, while the S&P rose less than 50%. Rogers then decided to retire – at age 37.

  1. Part I: NLP in Economics – Touching Base With the Basics

    Sam van de Schootbrugge

    A new CEPR working paper, co-authored by UCL Professor Stephen Hansen provides an overview of the methods used for algorithmic text analysis in economics.

  2. Ep. 164: Stefan Jansen on How to Use ChatGPT and AI in Finance

    Bilal Hafeez

    Stefan Jansen is the author of the widely read ‘Machine Learning For Algorithmic Trading’. He is the founder and Lead Data Scientist at Applied AI. He advises Fortune 500 companies, investment firms and startups across industries on data & AI strategy and developing machine learning solutions.

  3. The Rise of the Algo-Shepherds

    Thorsten Wegener

    Why does the option guy feel the need to write about algorithmic trading you might ask? Because I think my ilk is kind of responsible, some say in a big way, for the Frankenstein monster that seems to run markets to a large degree nowadays.

Can Defensive Stocks Protect Your Investment Portfolio?

Macro Hive

We explain how defensive stocks can help protect your investments during market downturns.  By combining defensive stocks with other types of stocks, such as growth stocks or value stocks, investors can create a diversified portfolio.

Should I Buy Bonds Now? A Guide for Beginner Investors

Macro Hive

Is it a good time to buy bonds? We explain how bonds work and reveal the latest insights on bond investment strategies in our monthly analysis.

  1. Now Is the Start of the ‘New Year’

    Bilal Hafeez

    Spring, rather than the start of the year, is the best time to make resolutions for the year. The days get longer, flowers begin to bloom, and the sun makes more regular appearances.

  2. Why Eat So Much? 

    Bilal Hafeez

    It’s good to give up food and drink every now and then. At least that’s what numerous religions and cultures tell us about fasting. Indeed, devout Muslims are about to start their annual one month fast, Ramadan, when they stop eating and drinking during daylight hours...

  3. Could High Wages Help Solve the Productivity Problem in Advanced Economies?

    Julius Probst, PhD

    One of the more worrying global trends in recent decades is that economic growth in advanced economies has fizzled out. The economic historian Robert Gordon suggests the US economy is struggling with demographic trends like a rapidly ageing society, but he also believes that the easy gains from innovation have been made.

Do You Understand English?! 

Bilal Hafeez

If Shakespearean English is the benchmark, then not many of us know English. Even simple interactions sound odd and wordy. Take the opening of Hamlet: 

The Health Issue No One Talks About 

Bilal Hafeez

It usually strikes when you are between 45 and 55 years old. You can start to feel more anxious and lose self-confidence. Your memory may falter.

  1. Scared of Macroeconomic Uncertainty? Trade Bitcoin

    Sam van de Schootbrugge

    A new Federal Reserve Bank of New York paper investigates the link between bitcoin and macroeconomic fundamentals.

  2. What Is Fire?

    Bilal Hafeez

    We take ourselves far too seriously, but someone who didn’t was American physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988). 

  3. 25 Ways AI Chatbots Are Revolutionising Research

    Sam van de Schootbrugge

    A new NBER working paper by AI-expert and Professor in Economics Anton Korinek demonstrates 25 helpful ChatGPT use cases for researchers in economics.

A Simple Technique for Producing Ideas

Bilal Hafeez

The best book I’ve ever come across on coming up with ideas is a very short one called “A Technique for Producing Ideas” by James Webb Young published in the 1940s. The summary of which is: 

Man Versus Machine: Improving NLP Analysis in Finance

Sam van de Schootbrugge

A new Journal of Financial Economics paper develops a text-based model from earnings calls to predict stock price movements. In contrast to the standard ‘bag-of-words’ approach used in finance, the authors build their sentiment measures using dictionaries created only by algorithms.

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