An interview with a data artisan

J.D.Long is the current AVP Risk Management at RenaissanceRe and has a 15 year history of working as an analytics professional. I sent him an interview recently to see what he would say. Good questions Peadar. Here’s a really fast attempt at answers: 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back… Continue reading An interview with a data artisan

Control theory in Financial Markets

I unfortunately know very little about Control Theory however what I do understand about it, is that in some sense it deals with feedback in complex systems. Since the financial markets are complex systems, and very difficult for human beings to regulate. Not to mention the huge explosion of Algorithmic Trading. Certainly it doesn’t seem… Continue reading Control theory in Financial Markets

The Irish Financial Crisis

Firstly, I’m Irish, and subsequently writing about this is difficult. My late Grandfather, used to warn me that the Irish debt problem was a serious one. He passed away before all this crisis happened but he would probably feel a smug satisfaction ‘I told you so’. A recent Vanity Fair piece by Michael Lewis looks… Continue reading The Irish Financial Crisis

Libraries and the need to protect them

Libraries are something dear to my heart, like schools, hospitals, a government run post service and a list of other things that I can’t think of. While I believe that markets are necessary for wealth, I don’t believe that these things should interfere in libraries, or anything for the ‘public good’. I’m inspired by a… Continue reading Libraries and the need to protect them

A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite

This is the mindset of the ambitious educational elite: You go to Harvard (or Stanford), maybe to Oxford (or Cambridge) for a Rhodes (or Marshall), then to Goldman (or McKinsey, or TFA), then to Harvard Business School (or Yale Law School), then back to Goldman (or Google), and on and on. You keep doing the… Continue reading A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite