Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

For Once, It’s Just Not Me – Getting Annoyed at Poor Gym Etiquette

It seems like every day I find a new thing to annoy me, and I often wonder if it's just me. So it's nice when I find out that there are other people who get annoyed at the same thing, and even better when the Wall Street Journal does a story about that annoyance. It … Continue reading For Once, It’s Just Not Me – Getting Annoyed at Poor Gym Etiquette

Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

It's been a recurring theme in my posts - unintended consequences. I find the topic fascinating because the unintended consequence is usually something I would have never thought of. For instance: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a possible downside to peace - the destruction of rainforests. I've also written about the unintended … Continue reading Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

Is There a Downside to Peace?

Who would have thought that there could be an ecological downside to peace, to the end of conflict and war? After all, isn't peace what we are always striving for? So what could go wrong once peace is established? An article in Saturday's Wall Street Journal references a paper published last month in the journal … Continue reading Is There a Downside to Peace?

Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

Welcome to another edition of the occasional post highlighting the best stories of the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. The Right Way to Choose a College Denise Pope, co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and advocacy group at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, conducted an extensive review of the academic literature on whether the brand name … Continue reading Best Stories from the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition

Music Monday: Fortnite and Marshmello – I Have No Idea What’s Going on Here

It seemed perfect; it was time for my Music Monday blog post, and there was a story about music in today's Wall Street Journal. Should have been a no-brainer. Except for when I read the story, I felt like I was the no-brainer since I had no idea what I had just read. Here's an excerpt: … Continue reading Music Monday: Fortnite and Marshmello – I Have No Idea What’s Going on Here

From Sports to Politics to Aristotle to Teenagers, Highlights from Today’s Wall Street Journal

The Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal is always my favorite. It's not all business, and with its Review and Off Duty sections, there's sure to be sure a story or two that captures the reader's interest. Since today's paper was no exception (even though there was no column from Dan Ariely), I thought … Continue reading From Sports to Politics to Aristotle to Teenagers, Highlights from Today’s Wall Street Journal

Words of Wisdom from An Investing Pioneer

John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Company, one of the most respected and successful companies in the investment world, died this week. He left behind a legacy that has impacted the lives of millions. Tim Buckley, Vanguard’s chief executive, put it this way, “Jack Bogle made an impact on not only the entire investment industry, … Continue reading Words of Wisdom from An Investing Pioneer

Some Thoughts about Poetry and Censorship

I'm not sure why, but last week a random thought about poetry popped into my head. It may have been triggered by hearing about a book that had been turned into a movie or was going to be turned into a movie. And I thought, 'I wonder if singers/composers/record companies ever buy the rights to poems with … Continue reading Some Thoughts about Poetry and Censorship

It’s That Time of the Year Again – Crazy Men’s Suits from the Wall Street Journal

I wonder if it gets harder and harder each year for men's suits designers to top the previous year's designs. And if it does, if the only option left is to "jump the shark". While the definition of jumping the shark has its origins in the world of TV (the point in a TV series … Continue reading It’s That Time of the Year Again – Crazy Men’s Suits from the Wall Street Journal