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07
DEC
2015

Skyscraper Index is Triggered

  FBN Securities’ JC O’Hara put together a presentation titled “Skyscraper Index is Triggered,” which includes a 100-year-long chart showing this correlation* with the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Notable examples include the Sears Tower coinciding...
23
OCT
2015

Europe’s Electricity Production by Country and Fuel Type

The share of electricity generated by different energy sources has changed significantly in Europe over the last two decades. The major story here is the decline in consumption of fossil fuels. More specifically, the combined share of petroleum products and solid fuels (meaning...
12
OCT
2015
Economists forecasts

Economists Never Learn

Shouldn’t the role of economists be limited to explaining data and to stay away from forecasting? Forecasting is something they are terrible at. They seem to consistently crowd as a group at the wrong answer. Usually when people are consistently bad at something they stop...
28
SEP
2015

Courses now approved by CFA Insitute

We are pleased to announce our Introduction and Advanced Technical Analysis, Short Term Trading Techniques and Portfolio Construction Techniques courses operated by The Technical Analyst at CE Approved Activity. You will receive 12 hours credit for each of these two-day courses....
20
MAY
2015

Discretionary or Systematic – Which is Best?

In this blog I take a look at how CTAs using systematic and discretionary processes have fared over the short and longer duration, and what states have discovered the marked difference in their performance track records over time. After several years of lacklustre performance,...
20
APR
2015

Can of Coke spill bought down Bloomberg’s global terminal network?

    Bloomberg’s terminals, heavily relied upon by traders, went down for about two and half hours early Friday causing headaches – and delayed offerings. Rumours circulating around Bloomberg’s own newsroom apparently point to a very low-tech cause for the two and a half...
02
APR
2015

Warren Buffett’s Real Value to Investors? – His Experience

Warren Buffett’s new yearly letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders has not been given the attention it deserves. I wonder if this is because economic journalists feel like they simply can’t publish yet another story about how exactly wise Warren Buffett is. I feel this is...
13
MAR
2015
ACI UK

ACI UK Lunch and Learn – FX/MM Technical Analysis

ACI UK LUNCH AND LEARN – FX/MM TECHNICAL ANALYSIS The first in a series of Lunch and Learns for ACI members, this free lunchtime event is hosted by Royal Bank of Canada.  Trevor Neil, BETA Group, will deliver a punchy, incisive and interactive session about the relevance...
01
FEB
2015

CISI to work with Kuwait Capital Markets Authority to introduce Certification Standards

At BETA Financial Learning & Development Ltd, an Accredited Training Partner of the CISI, we are thrilled at the memorandum of understanding signed this week with the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority. We look forward to working with more client firms in future. The intention...
27
JAN
2015

HFT a Spent Force

As markets have grown more accustomed to high-frequency strategies, the profit opportunity for such firms has by some accounts shrunk. Once HFT was seen as a dangerous and destructive force which threatened the future of fair markets. This worry was particularly evident in the...