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by penguina
February 16th, 2009, 1:40 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?
Replies: 20
Views: 45842

Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: QuantVaderMeasuring society's welfare seems really difficult to me. The simplest measure would probably be to ask if allocations are Pareto optimal; for simple models of economies every allocation is Pareto optimal but of course the final allocation could be one where m...
by penguina
February 16th, 2009, 9:17 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: US real estate vs. EU real estate
Replies: 31
Views: 43906

US real estate vs. EU real estate

<r>QuoteOriginally posted by: AnthisQuoteOriginally posted by: agisdYou can't compare the wooden frame of US houses with the concrete/steel frame plus foundation of the south european houses. It's far more expensive and stronger in Europe.Thats correct, especially if regulations impose certain quali...
by penguina
February 15th, 2009, 11:07 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?
Replies: 20
Views: 45842

Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: QuantVaderFinancial markets enable members of the society to share the risks associated to economic fluctuations.Even more, since markets are incomplete, the more securities that are offered (i.e., the richer the asset structure), the more income streams possibilities c...
by penguina
February 14th, 2009, 10:39 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: US real estate vs. EU real estate
Replies: 31
Views: 43906

US real estate vs. EU real estate

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AnthisYour argument is pretty valid, on the other hand, prices for this type of house where a live, start at the rate of 3K per sq meter, while it can be rent for 500-800 euros per month (depending on neighborhood and amenities), and there are estimates that there is a ...
by penguina
February 14th, 2009, 9:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: US real estate vs. EU real estate
Replies: 31
Views: 43906

US real estate vs. EU real estate

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AnthisQuoteOriginally posted by: BullBearWhere I live (a near developped, southern EU, country), near the suburbs of the country's capital, a house (with almost no quality) costs €200k. If this is the case (I don't know anything about the US housing market...) there is ...
by penguina
February 13th, 2009, 10:58 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?
Replies: 20
Views: 45842

Does quantitative finance jobs (e.g. hedge fund) add any benefit to the society?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: ThomasJIn general I would like to say yes. I think the specifics of course depend on exactly what you're doing. If you are doing risk management, well, we've all seen what happens when risk management fails. If you're doing trading, then you're doing your tiny part to k...
by penguina
February 13th, 2009, 3:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crisis quick fix
Replies: 64
Views: 46362

Crisis quick fix

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: BullBearI wasn't just referring to financials! The whole market is under heavy short selling, especially intra-day (a little less close-to-close)!If Banks are really worthless - I think some are not but I won't argue this - we don't need short-selling for prices to go t...
by penguina
February 13th, 2009, 3:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crisis quick fix
Replies: 64
Views: 46362

Crisis quick fix

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: BullBearQuoteOriginally posted by: penguinathis crisis is caused by too much debt backed by assets that had become over-inflated and do not produce enough income to service the debt. The financial service sector had become much too large and is now going to have to shri...
by penguina
February 13th, 2009, 12:37 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crisis quick fix
Replies: 64
Views: 46362

Crisis quick fix

<t>this crisis is caused by too much debt backed by assets that had become over-inflated and do not produce enough income to service the debt. The financial service sector had become much too large and is now going to have to shrink dramatically.short-selling is entirely irrelevant. There are no eas...
by penguina
February 2nd, 2009, 10:26 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers
Replies: 38
Views: 47670

AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DominicConnorAmerica has to import bankers because an education system run by teaching unions and evangelical Christians is unlikely to deliver the skills necessary for the 20th century, much less the 21st. Anyone think it's a coincidence that there are so many French a...
by penguina
January 25th, 2009, 11:49 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Crises comment
Replies: 11
Views: 44329

Crises comment

yes, I do expect some level of increased protectionism.Hopefully it will not be as bad as the 1930s but I am very worried.
by penguina
January 20th, 2009, 1:27 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 47522

Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: torontosimpleguyQuoteOriginally posted by: penguinacreating credit you mean? I see what you are saying.Yup.QuoteAnd that is the part that relies on the trust thing I was talking about below. I don't see trust coming back until the vast losses on bad debt somewhere out t...
by penguina
January 19th, 2009, 9:41 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 47522

Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: torontosimpleguyQuoteOriginally posted by: penguinaNot sure I understand what you're saying. The Fed, for example, targets the fed funds using repos to keep on target.To me, there seems to be little distinction between "direct mechanism of injecting cash into market inv...
by penguina
January 19th, 2009, 9:25 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 47522

Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: torontosimpleguyQuoteOriginally posted by: penguinaQuoteOriginally posted by: torontosimpleguyQuoteOriginally posted by: psholtzThis is why when the Federal Reserve talks about "injecting liquidity" or "increasing the money supply", what it really means is that its lowe...
by penguina
January 19th, 2009, 9:10 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 47522

Why should anyone be afraid of deflation?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: torontosimpleguyQuoteOriginally posted by: psholtzThis is why when the Federal Reserve talks about "injecting liquidity" or "increasing the money supply", what it really means is that its lowering interest rates.Not really. There is direct mechanism of injecting cash in...
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