Financial Geekery

June 25, 2018

Since tech professionals are by definition knowledge workers, we tend to be smart people. As smart people, we're subject to the Engineer Syllogism -- our confidence in our intelligence can lead us into trouble! That said, if we can maintain awareness of our cogniti...

June 18, 2018

John Oliver's bit on financial advisors is an excellent (and hysterical) segment, and he hits the nail on the head: the term "financial advisor" is so ill-defined as to be meaningless. If someone calls themself a "financial advisor", that actual...

June 11, 2018

As engineers, one of our greatest weaknesses is a blindness to our own irrationality. We tend to think that we view the world through a uniquely analytical lens, and are immune to the cognitive biases that plague humanity.

Nope, nope, nope.

Moreover, our cognitive biases...

June 4, 2018

So how much volatility are you capable of taking on in exchange for higher returns? How much volatility are you willing to take on? The first is your risk capacity, and the second is your risk tolerance. Those are the high-level questions that will determine your portf...

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