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A loosely-organized collection of simple and static websites, from a select group of independent authors/creators. Non-commercial in nature.

General Interest An empirical look at about 25 of the all-time best TV series (coverage of TV shows chosen by me/us, through an admittedly unempirical methodology). Consult before you binge-watch a show to avoid unpleasant surprises! There's no doubt we are currently experiencing a content bubble, fueled by streaming giants with deep pockets who are aggressively competing for market share and growth (to the temporary disregard of profitability). But television viewers rejoice, there's a glut of quality programming on the market today, at heavily-subsidized prices! A price guide to arguably the best video game consoles ever made (and probably the last to feature old-fashion cartridges). A quick reference for No-Limit Texas Holdem Poker. Nothing more. Flight MH370 is awaiting to be found in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Its story is a fascinating one, which I/we explore in detail, in order to attempt to solve this long-standing mystery. Before you embarrass yourself by incorrectly quoting an expression, check this table of commonly-made mistakes in English idioms. The retail industry has been disrupted by a number of very effective online merchants like Amazon. When will this trend end? Surely, not everything can or should be bought over the internet? Quick reference of population counts. Exactly as advertised, nothing more. Hats off the this graffiti artist who started out as a criminal but now commands huge prices in the art market.

Politics & Policy All opinions are my/our own. The list is not exhaustive, but more illustrative in nature. In the unlikely event my/our predictions pan out. Not investment advice. Very specific subject matter, small target-market. An interesting example of a country, Venezuela, which gutted its institutions for political reasons. Unchecked power and populist politicians are a dangerous mix. Not everything is a threat, but it sure sounds like it sometimes when watching the news. Some dangers are exaggerated by purveyors of doom. Usually the motivation in scaring other people is profit. The people at the top are often clueless and/or corrupt. An incompetent or near-sighted CEO can bankrupt any company given enough time (and enrich himself/herself in the process). Some say America is more divided today than ever. Is that really so? I/we would argue that the U.S. is just a hodgepodge of different cultures that never really melted together. Woke culture is here and not everyone is pleased. I/we explore a popular topic of division and show that no side has the monopoly on the truth. Carbon offsets are being touted as a way to save the environment from the ravages of climate change. It's more of a scam than you probably realized!

Academic Finance-only for now. Finance-only for now. Finance-only for now. Finance-only for now. Specific collection (mostly academic papers). Specific collection (mostly bestselling books). Where do academics get their data? We have an exhaustive rundown. Sentiment classification is a big deal in textual analysis.

Economics For any free-trade doubters out there, I/we provide a simplified example that attempts to numerically quantify the benefits from international trade. A series of old-jokes about the dismal science. Some new material sprinkled in there too. Not affiliated with the Journal of Economic Literature. Instead, I/we enhance its usage to better suit my/our needs. When updating any series of long-term macroeconomic indicators, it's always best to start with Robert Shiller's impressive dataset. A thematic look at the role of money in our society. An expanded view of the classic economic theory.

Finance A look at a strange experiment involving the national market system in the U.S. (aka the NYSE-Nasdaq duopoly). A simple reference guide for the different bond scores assigned by the major credit rating agencies. Use Firefox to copy into Excel. Application of those same ratings on sovereign debt. Yearly roundup of the most expensive stocks to borrow for the purposes of short selling. The story behind the events of 2010. A guide on how to calculate the z-score for any company at risk of bankruptcy (there are more than you realize). When investors refuse to see the writing on the wall, they often make up their own stories and facts. I/we seek to debunk those myths. A short exposé on a short squeeze of epic proportions. Warren Buffett in his own words, as written in his yearly letters to Berkshire shareholders. Warren Buffett in his own words, as quoted by others. A system for evaluating the dangers posed by Chinese companies trading on the U.S. stock exchange. A table that attempts to classify different corporate actions. The short but eventful story of MoviePass. Each year, I/we select an overhyped trend in the stock market. Put options can pose some particular problems when trying to pinpoint the optimal exercise threshold or barrier. Theory isn't as important as practice. Examples of commonly confused tickers. What are the best resources for free stock information on the internet. A classification system to catalog all the information available to investors about public companies trading in the U.S. Looking at the graph of the DJIA or the S&P500 can give the impression that stocks always go up over the long-term. Well, that's only true because of weighted averaging. In reality, most companies on the stock market fail and eventually get kicked out. What's the difference between an insider, a blockholder or an institutional investor. A simple diagram may help. A checklist for all the markets around the world. When owning a stock, never forget that bankruptcy is a possibility. A full list of optionable stocks. Pointing out the obvious isn't going to sit right with academics that develop increasingly-complex models. Some companies effectively disappear from the markets. If you own stock, you are stuck. Often, you cannot exit your position when you want to the most. Don't fall for crypto scams. Bitcoin itself is of dubious value to begin with! Various commenters have identified things to watch out for when evaluating companies. My/our own model to sound the alarm when a company is nearing distress. A list of stocks that will may eventually get delisted and/or investors are likely to lose money. A shameless plug to a series of Seeking Alpha articles. A visual representation of how implied volatility varies by strike price. A list of current ADRs in the U.S., along with the conversion ratio on their home markets. Getting kicked off an exchange happens more often than you think. But the process is far from straightforward. My/our guide seeks to clarify the steps. Chinese companies are hard to audit, even if their shares are listed in the U.S. American markets tend to give an unwarranted sense of security to investors about the safety of their investments and the assets listed on the companies' balance sheets. A fluke in the plumbing of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation allows naked short selling of shares that should exist. How many companies are listed on the American exchanges? The number ebbs and flows over the years, and provides some very interesting insights into the health of the country's financial markets. What could be better than eliminating trading fees for retail investors? Well, not so fast! In this case, free isn't really free! A list of securities that don't qualify for the full and standard margin loan of 50%. If only each company had only one type of traded stock. There are always exceptions to complicate this seemingly obvious 1-to-1 relationship between issuer and share issuance. There are some special types of stocks that inhibit comparability among issuers.

Accounting A simple listing of all the possible outcomes from an independent audit. A guide to the SEC filings you should care about.

Computer & Tech There are some computer tricks that you may have forgotten (or worse, never learned) that are essential to achieving a certain level of proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office (mostly Excel). Some Excel-related sites are a treasure-trove of valuable information. Incapable of doing better, I/we highlight the best resources out there today. Have to install Excel again? Argh, the nightmare! This guide may help jog your memory on your custom installation so you don't lose too much of your time tweaking options and preferences. Excel tries to protect users from macros, but in reality, macro creators need protection from Excel, unsealing protected macros is way too easy. How can you encourage programmers to build tools for your platform if they cannot be assured that their intellectual property is safe. Another example of Microsoft putting profits ahead of security. Some terminology for the unseemly world of automated scraping. A color scheme to add pizazz to your Excel spreadsheets.

Mathematics & Statistics I/we always forget the formula for Compound Annual Growth Rate (or CAGR). While we are at it, I/we elaborate on the concept a bit more (especially in the world of finance) and how it differs from a simple average. I/we propose a way to define outliers in stock returns. More of an experiment for the moment than an actual proposal. A way to settle a petty argument. It's admittedly inane.

Journalism A tribute to a long forgotten series of articles about the absurdity of the stock market. The World Weekly News (WWN) was considered a joke of a newspaper. But in its heyday, it was top-notch comedy at its best! Everybody dumps on tabloids like the New York Post. I/we instead choose to celebrate its greatest hits over its storied history. Who owns what property? There's a lot more inbreeding than you think in the media industry. And it's constantly changing too, ensuring that this rundown will be obsolete in no time! I/we objectively quantify the level of bias in some of the most popular media outlets in the country.

Futurism Experts make embarrassing mistakes, just like the rest of us. There's nothing funnier than someone falling flat on their face and making a fool of themselves. Permabears are fun to ridicule. Take any flat-out denials with a grain of salt. Even guilty people plead innocent at first. Some things didn't age well. We provide some glarring examples.

Reference Tables A slimmed down version of an ISO currency table. A simple table to help anyone who has to write French accents with an American keyboard. A version of 'lefty loosey, righty tighty', but for statistical distributions. It's easy to get confused without it! Just a table listing the number of employees at publicly-traded companies in the U.S.

Other Doctors (and especially dentists) are notoriously terrible investors. They have deep pockets and they think they know the medical industry. When a fast-talking stock promoter starts hyping a new drug in the development pipeline, these poor saps rush out to buy shares, not realizing the odds of making it out to market are slim to none. Round after round of failed candidates and clinical trials doesn't dampen their naïve enthusiasm for the drug's potential, and these investors end up holding the bag when the company has to raise money by printing more shares. Remember, investments in pharmaceutical companies are longshots! A standardized set of job titles for senior managers. A lot of current ad spending is wasted on social media. How long will this house of cards last? Ever wanted to learn how to throw a curveball. Very young pitchers may benefit from this basic primer.

Much more to come... but slowly!

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