From The Austrians and the Swan: Birds of a Different Feather by Mark Spitznagel:
To the Austrians, the [economic] process is decidedly non-random, but operates (though in a non-deterministic way, of course) under the incentives of entrepreneurial “error-correction” in the economy. In a never ending series of steps, entrepreneurs homeostatically correct natural market “maladjustments” (as well as distinctly unnatural ones) back to what the Austrians call the evenly rotating economy.
Spitznagel is making the case that the Austrian economists treat the economy as a dynamical system. Rather than a wild beast to be mechanically broken and tamed, it is a quasicyclical system like an ecosystem. This system has attractor states, one of which is runaway inflation. Continue reading
The Big Short book reads like a behind the scenes telling of the movie (Steve Carroll was awesome). It still seems too fantastic to be true. Lewis captured a kind of “fantastical” element in his retelling of… a financial story. So that’s pretty impressive.
Below are my Kindle notes and highlights, exported with Bookcision.
Crowdfunding, disrupting banks
From a report by BBVA Compass:
“To succeed in this new hyperconnected and competitive environment, banks will have to follow a customer-centric approach and offer simple, user-friendly and effective products, with a high level of transparency and security,” chief economist Nathaniel Karp writes.
The report and article goes on to discuss crowdfunding.
Tangential thought: Why haven’t individual college students tried crowdsourcing their tuition yet?