LeanPosts

The posts you read sometimes take me weeks to research and develop to the point of being finished. That's a problem -- not the time it takes, but the fact that we all implicitly make an equality: finished = "can be published now". All the posts are interesting long before they are finished. A better way to decide whether … Continue reading LeanPosts

What does ‘reduce the balance sheet’ mean?

This post is a LeanPost: it will be developed further depending on feedback from my readers. See my note here on what a LeanPost is. Many companies are these days talking about reducing the balance sheet. Another term used is de-leveraging. In the simplest terms, this just means that a company is reducing the number of … Continue reading What does ‘reduce the balance sheet’ mean?

Calculating option prices in your head

We all know that option prices are calculated with the Black-Scholes formula, using a volatility, time-to-maturity, strike and forward. Typically you just chuck them all into your computer and let it spit out the number. Trouble with this is how do you get an intuition for prices, especially when you are looking at options trades … Continue reading Calculating option prices in your head

The current crisis in historical perspective

This short post is primarily to give links to three excellent articles on macro economics by Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater. The first, a 'template for understanding' how economies work, is better than anything I have ever seen in introductory books on economics. The other two articles take a closer look at the dynamics of debt and … Continue reading The current crisis in historical perspective

Fixed-income investment strategies in the age of the New Normal

I came across an interesting presentation given by one of the senior members of PIMCO UK, a chap called Mike Amey. Click here to see it (a PDF). What I especially like about this presentation is that it covers a lot of the main topics that I hear investors discussing at the moment, ranging from … Continue reading Fixed-income investment strategies in the age of the New Normal