Monthly Archives: December 2011

Write Dead Cat ILWs (a year later)

It’s a crazy time of year for us reinsurance brokers. The days just before 1/1 feature little ‘work’ in terms of hours spent making stuff like submissions, analyses, meeting schedules, etc. They do feature, however, a load of stress as … Continue reading

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The plan.

1. Lend yourself money. 2. Destroy 5-10% of it. 3. ??? 4. Economic growth!

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Google and The Tragedy of the Commons

This caught my eye: There are a lot of things I love about my Android phone–like the easy integration into the rest of my Google life. With the release of iCloud, that’s less of an advantage now than it used … Continue reading

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Review of Review of 21 Books on the Financial Crisis

I had a 7 hour drive today back to the city so I was ready for the podcast firehose. I read about this paper this morning and experimented with some text-to-speech software and managed to listen to the whole paper … Continue reading

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Lessons in Pitching

How Fab.com got its backing: From a fundraising standpoint, providing access to the RJ data basically said to the VC’s, “here we are, here’s the data, we’ve got nothing to hide, take a look and decide for yourself if you … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About Fiscal Policy

1. Its benefits are probably ambiguous. For every paper that says it’s good, there are some that say it is not. 2. The most powerful argument against fiscal policy has nothing to do with whether it works or not, actually. … Continue reading

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A Rule For Economic Commentary

Any time Paul Krugman cites Milton Friedman honestly and favorably, I’m probably in complete agreement.

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