Pseudo Random News and Comment

Some Quant Screwed Up  Nothing better than a greater fool to take the other side of your trade. Someday algos will improve to the point they’re dangerous but they aren’t there yet. If you think HFT or algos are making you unprofitable, you’re doing something wrong.

Most helpful airports for global contagion. Salad course version: New model of disease contagion ranks U.S. airports in terms of their spreading influence  Meat and potatoes version: A Metric of Influential Spreading during Contagion Dynamics through the Air Transportation Network

Rethinking Labels Boosts Creativity  Only partial article due to paywall but enough to get the gist of it. Generic thinking is a boon. It could also suggest that being a stupid racist is even more damaging than it might appear.

Glass House for Diver / naf architect & design  Interesting place.

Is mental health a smoke screen for society’s ills? I think so in many cases. Interesting read and link to in-depth article on the political nature of mental health.

Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians  And, perhaps not coincidentally, all are extinct. Meat may not be great for longevity but it evidently kicks some serious ass in reproductive success.

Chinese students living in fear in the USA  Very interesting look at the cultural divide. The venom of the writers from China is pretty astonishing for a country where one would have to assume the authorities are watching.

What’s Driving China’s Real Estate Rally? Part 1  Good dissection of the housing market. I think the most likely answer, as with most questions about markets, is all of the above.

Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability Disabling snares after an infant gorilla died of injuries from one.

Who Are You Really Mad At?  Nice reminder of one of the most common emotional responses.

China’s demographic perfect storm: the ultimate growth killer  A look at the real death star for China’s economic growth. Population growth can cover massive inefficiencies, but when that growth stops, increasing productivity is the only solution and the current SOE banditry isn’t going to work.

The 10 Best, and Worst, Times in History to Invest  Recent history pretty much sucks. The good news is if that’s all you’ve ever known you may live long enough to get to the next good spot.

Wave of business owners running away re-emerges in Yangtze river delta  When even the loan sharks won’t loan you money, you have a serious problem. People skipping town also says a lot about the collection methods of the underground loan market.

Does Shiller PE Work in Foreign Markets?  Good news for some TAA models.

Aging heart cells rejuvenated by modified stem cells  Have to wonder about long-term cancer rates but in an older population it may not matter very much.

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