Category: General

General posts about markets

Some book reading ideas

Christmas is nearly here and the year is close to its end. I am unsure whether what I have achieved this year, is precisely what I had set out to do. I have however succeeded admirably in failing to adhere to my new years resolution for 2017. I had planned to go the gym most weekdays.…

Machine learning the mundane

Try to think of the “buzziest”, buzzwords you can think of. Support vector machines? No. Random Forests? No. However, group these together (and much more) under the umbrella of “machine learning”, and suddenly we have created a buzzword! The basic idea of many of the techniques which underpin machine learning is find relationships between variables. In particular,…

Do I feel lucky (trading)?

Clint Eastwood has had a long career. One of his most memorable roles is that of Harry Callaghan, an inspector in the San Francisco police force, nicknamed Dirty Harry. He played this role in several films, starting with the film Dirty Harry. In that film, Eastwood utters a question, which is one of the most well…

Mies, hard work, simplicity & trading

“Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.” That’s a quotation from Ludvig Mies van der Rohe, the famous German-American architect. I recently visited one of his buildings, his famous Barcelona Pavilion, which is partially pictured above. Whilst the scene might look exceptionally modern, the original building was erected in 1929…

High MiFID-2-elity

If you look up the term “high fidelity” in a dictionary, it defines it as “the reproduction of sound using electronic equipment that gives faithful reproduction with little or no distortion”. It is unlikely that listening to music on an AM radio station would qualify as high fidelity. Even for music played back on an…

Keeping a market perspective

When I was a kid, there was something distinctly exciting about flying by plane.Whilst perhaps this might be skewed by pangs of nostalgia, I think the main reason, was simply that airports were less busy and it was relatively novel experience flying (well, at least for me). With the reduction in airfares, perhaps unsurprisingly we…