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by Traden4Alpha
September 30th, 2006, 11:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to cut your deficit
Replies: 9
Views: 91526

How to cut your deficit

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AnthisAt the bottom line the point is: The average inhabitant of this country, wont become wealthier overnight because of an alchemy at the ecofin ministry. Neither the actual creditworthiness of this country will change overnight. On the contrary, such proposals especi...
by Traden4Alpha
September 29th, 2006, 11:28 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: How to cut your deficit
Replies: 9
Views: 91526

How to cut your deficit

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: AnthisEverybody has been laughing out loud with this issue here over the last couple of days. Even people with no clue about economics say that this is the joke of the decade. Some have proposed the ecofin minister to pimp his children and his wife first. The fact is th...
by Traden4Alpha
September 29th, 2006, 12:52 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: computers reading resumes
Replies: 6
Views: 91565

computers reading resumes

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: GeneralDudewouldnt it be great if companys treated their applicants like human beings? Perhaps I'm being old fashoned though...The problem is that companies get hundreds or thousands of resumes per job posting. With electronic submissions, there's no cost to hitting "se...
by Traden4Alpha
September 28th, 2006, 7:30 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: computers reading resumes
Replies: 6
Views: 91565

computers reading resumes

<t>This is where it pays to be like a good SEO (Search Engine Optimizer) and put every keyword imaginable into a resume (or at least all the words in the ad for the job). Chances are the HR department has stuffed the filter with a bunch of key words and if your resume doesn't have them it doesn't pa...
by Traden4Alpha
September 28th, 2006, 7:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is my whiskey killing me?
Replies: 46
Views: 94165

Is my whiskey killing me?

QuoteOriginally posted by: zetaseasonal beers are backYum. I also like a nice Belgium tripel or a good barley wine to go with a hot stew on a cold winter's night.
by Traden4Alpha
September 27th, 2006, 6:57 pm
Forum: Brainteaser Forum
Topic: MAX VALUE
Replies: 2
Views: 92196

MAX VALUE

<t>This is a problem in combinatorial optimization -- picking the subset of m bids that maximizes return subject to constraints. A brute-force search won't be too bad if m isn't large. I think this problem can be cast as a binary integer programming problem.You can also use efficient frontier argume...
by Traden4Alpha
September 26th, 2006, 7:49 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: please help with a merger and acqusition question
Replies: 4
Views: 91876

please help with a merger and acqusition question

<t>First, I'd avoid the merger if the cultures are really different (and really strong). The merger won't get many synergies because the companies won't really merge. Companies tend to become locked into a culture because of the types of people they hire and keep. Self-selection ensures that people ...
by Traden4Alpha
September 26th, 2006, 7:27 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: event studies
Replies: 3
Views: 91706

event studies

I'm guessing dividends, stock splits, and spin-offs would be examples of systematic impacts that the prof is referring to.
by Traden4Alpha
September 26th, 2006, 2:19 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: The Housing Market
Replies: 61
Views: 105764

The Housing Market

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: Cuchulainn Quote"Over the past half century, the increase in the value of raw materials has accounted for only a fraction of the overall growth of U.S. gross domestic product. The rest of that growth reflects the embodiment of ideas in products and services that consume...
by Traden4Alpha
September 26th, 2006, 12:17 pm
Forum: Technical Forum
Topic: Value-At-Risk for shares with special dividends
Replies: 6
Views: 92360

Value-At-Risk for shares with special dividends

I'm sure you can find a data provider that can provide adjusted prices.If not, then ask yourself whether it is better to overestimate or underestimate VaR.
by Traden4Alpha
September 25th, 2006, 8:49 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: please help with a merger and acqusition question
Replies: 4
Views: 91876

please help with a merger and acqusition question

<t>I've studied M&A and most mergers (50%-75%) go badly during the integration stage. The number one factor for success is the cultural fit between the two companies. If the companies don't share the same management/employee culture, the managers at the acquiring company will screw up the integr...
by Traden4Alpha
September 25th, 2006, 2:09 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Questions to be answered
Replies: 30
Views: 93337

Questions to be answered

<t>I'm voting for "Shiny side in." It's possible that both sides have equal reflectance (and equal effectiveness) because the matte side might be scattering the light/IR/electromagnetic radiation striking it but I still vote shiny side for 2 reasons. First, the shiny side reflects the radiation back...
by Traden4Alpha
September 24th, 2006, 10:57 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Taleb vs Malliavin
Replies: 13
Views: 92623

Taleb vs Malliavin

<t>I can only assume Pr. Paul Malliavin objected to the graph because 1987 could never have happened because an umpteen-sigma event can only happen once every zillion years and the universe, let along the markets, haven't been around long enough for such rare events to have occurred. Thus, that grap...
by Traden4Alpha
September 24th, 2006, 10:55 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Real option problem (?)
Replies: 3
Views: 91956

Real option problem (?)

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: phileas007Thanks for answeringYou are welcome. It's always interesting to see real problems.QuoteOriginally posted by: phileas007Maybe I can try to deal with the matter with a tree and subjective probabilitiesYes, that's probably a good way to do it. In some ways this i...
by Traden4Alpha
September 24th, 2006, 9:56 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: functional programming in finance
Replies: 26
Views: 104938

functional programming in finance

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: zarnywhoopThis is a somewhat bizarre metric of productivity. I once wrote a two line/one long integer variable C program that printed out a Mandelbrot set in ASCII. I wouldn't have claimed 'productivity' as one of its chief virtues.Although it's true that anyone can cru...