Category Archives for Thought Experiments

The cost of CDS liquidity

Yields on the new Greek 2042 bonds have jumped 3% this week to 16.93%. Prices, which move inversely to yields, on these new bonds are going down is because market participants are unable to hedge the risk inherent in these … Continue reading

25. March 2012 by Chris
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Group Discounts, Small Businesses and Unfortunate Valuation Practices

The success of startups like Groupon and LivingSocial, and the courting of the former by Google to the tune of $6 billion, is not a result of a brave new business model that connects the masses to small, local companies … Continue reading

01. April 2011 by Chris
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Energy Efficiency of Food and Personal Transportation in Rural and Urban Environments

A thought experiment: there are two population centers, one of which is a relatively small town of 50,000 and the other is a major metropolitan area of 1.5 million. The smaller town, Smallsville, has a vibrant farmer’s market where for … Continue reading

31. March 2011 by Chris
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