Category Archives for Curated Readings

Political Extremism Is Supported by an Illusion of Understanding

If your following the recent conflict in Gaza and finding it hard to resist the urge to “pick a side”.  I recommend reading this paper it highlights the perils of the “illusion of understanding” politics and public policies. This reminds me of a very famous saying, “Don’t … Continue reading

01. August 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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Do Investment Managers Outperform by Hiring Lobbyists?

Interesting paper on the use of political information and investment performance.   Abstract by Meng Gao Jiekun Huang  This paper examines the hypothesis that hedge fund managers gain an informational advantage in securities trading through their connections with lobbyists. Using datasets on the … Continue reading

30. July 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
Categories: Curated Readings, Finance & Investing | Leave a comment

Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks

Interesting paper for students of crowd behavior and complex systems. What if we look at market participants as being members of social networks? I wonder what would we would uncover. Abstract (Guillroy, Kramer, Hancock,) Emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional … Continue reading

07. July 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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The Art of Deception: How Spy Agencies Use Behavioral Sciences in Covert Operations

Found this insightful presentation via The Intercept. The presentation reviews concepts used by spy agencies for online covert operations. If you are a fan of Robert Cialdini’s work on influence and persuasion this is a presentation to review. Some of my favorite … Continue reading

24. June 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

I just finished Glenn Grenwald’s book,”No Place To Hide – Edward Snowden, The NSA, & The US Surveillance State.” Having read 15 books on the CIA, NSA, & FBI. Glenn’s book stands out as a thriller, I have a feeling it’s going … Continue reading

20. June 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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