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The foreseeable fall of a stock market darling

In the Canadian province of Quebec there was once a relatively average pharmaceutical company. But then some financial wizards of the McKinsey school of magic joined its top management, and they wanted to be big and powerful. Incidentally, at the

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Smart Beta = Very Stupid No-Alpha

In recent years a new category of investment products has emerged. Companies offering these products claim that they are able to systemically outperform a market index in the long run – a promise that has rarely been fulfilled within the

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The basics of investing in under an hour

Bill Ackman explains the basics of investing in under an hour. Amazing!

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Real value generator

It is common knowledge that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has outperformed the equity markets by a wide margin. The degree of outperformance appears especially impressive if it is adjusted for inflation. Since 1964, the value of Berkshire Hathaway increased in

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What’s wrong with economics? Part 4: What has to change?

There have been frequent calls for a new approach to economics in the press. For this purpose, George Soros founded the “Institute for New Economic Thinking” (INET). I personally do not see this as a solution. Nobody knows what “new

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What’s wrong with economics? Part 3: Economics and its public perception

Economics as a cock fight In August last year, Raghuram Rajan, the current Head of the Indian Central Bank and previous Professor of Finance in Chicago, wrote an article that had attracted considerable attention about the “paranoid style” of economic

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What’s wrong with economics? Part 2: The realities of complex societies

Is the economy complex or merely complicated? The methodological approach of mainstream economists largely involves seeing an economy as either in a state of equilibrium or in a state of striving to reach an equilibrium. Economists analyse factors and chains

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