So I've participated on these fora now for the better part of 5 years, and I've noticed some significant changes. Some of the changes are easily explainable, while others are not. I wanted to share some of my observations and get some feed back from the community.
Joined in 2013 and noticed the following developments (writing on cell. Please excuse format):
- Significant decline in MSF related threads:
I can attribute this to a booming economy (thanks Trump) and therefore to a lower supply of desperate non target graduates.
- Significant decline in ER related threads:
I can attribute this to regulatory changes.
- Significant increase in political threads:
I can attribute this to the Trump phenomenon and the disruption of the establishment.
- Significant increase in the number of quants on the forum:
It seems like nowadays, everyone's a Quant. The CBS value investing guys are now preaching smart beta, factor loading and momentum. I've been predicting the decline (outflows and fee pressure) of active AM for a while now, but I did not anticipate the rapid shift to quant style strategies. In the end, I think it's mostly a gimmick and won't be around, in this capacity, for too long.
- Significant increase in the number of RE threads:
I'm not sure why, but RE threads have been incredibly prominent lately. It could be the results of contraction in traditional high finance channels (ER, AM, ST, etc.), but it seems to be approaching the quantity of IB related threads. It could also be related to our low interest rate environment. Curious to get the community's thoughts.
- Bump in S&T related threads:
Not sure why, or even if true.
- Increase in troll threads:
No, I dont mean threads where controversial opinions are shared. I mean pure troll threads. I won't mention any names (not supposed to feed the egos of either serial killers or trolls by naming them), but we know who they are. Why are they increasingly dictating the conversation? Not sure.
Curious to get your thoughts. Feel free to share any of your observations.