How Would You Spend a Year Off?

Have you ever thought about taking a year off? I'm not talking about a gap year or a year between graduating college and starting work - because in this economy you probably...

Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework.

When I joined the industry, fresh analysts like myself would flit through the morning newspaper like a drowning man who clutches one spar after another for support. Our...

Character: A valuable trait developed through adversity.

There was a time when the term character was used to describe the quality of an individual. People of character were individuals who made good choices in spite of difficult situations. They chose to meet the challenges when they were tested by adversity. As a result of their actions and the depth of their character, these individuals were held in high regard, trusted and relied upon.

Character was a trait of very high value.

Today, the word and concept of character is largely absent from the measurement of a person. Emphasis seems increasingly focused, if not completely, on what one has, or appears to have, rather than the caliber of person that one is.

While tangible things can be repeatedly won and lost, character is who you are, and what you believe.

Drunk Broker Causes "Major Geopolitical Event" in Oil

Every once in a while I come across a story that just writes itself. I went out with a pal on Friday night and got tore up from the floor up after a couple months of pseudo-...

Is This a Great Country or What?

America is not a place without its problems, but there are some things we do better than any other country on Earth. Opportunity has to be at the top of that list. America is...

7 Things I've Learned About Being A Manager

You've just gotten that promotion and now you're in charge of a small team. Congratulations! And welcome to middle management. All the hard work and the knowledge you've...

ETF Stripping and Insider Trading

This post comes as a suggestion from HappyPantsMcGee (or HPM, or whatever the Diddy wannabe is calling himself this week). He asked me to explain the practice of ETF stripping...

Why You Should Reject that Start-Up Job

I've always considered myself entrepreneurial at heart. Even since I've started my work in IB, I have continued to work on developing a few "back pocket" ideas that I'm excited...

What I Learned From Losing $1.2 Million

At the start of 2008, I was a grain trader with less than one year of full-time experience who, through a series of strange events, found himself as the de facto head of my...

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