Author Archives: miles

Global Yield Curves

It’s been over a year since I last plotted the yield curve and a lot has happened since then. I updated the code slightly to convey a clearer visual. As expected, short-term rates have risen, as shown on the chart below. We know that the yield curve is, inherently, a forecast for what the economy holds […]

Simulating the Market

I’ve had a lot of friends and family approach me, asking for investment advice. After building and approaching markets in systematic trading programs for some time, I didn’t have the type of instantaneous hot stock tips I’d feel comfortable giving to a close friend or family member; rather I had market trends, sector correlations and trading strategies. […]

Growth vs. Retention

This is an important topic, especially when there are broader economic concerns, regardless of the legitimacy of those concerns, that we see companies scaling back costs to only the necessary services needed to operate their businesses. Essentially, growth without retention is not growth. Everyone wants hockey-stick growth which is based on acquiring new users, but you can’t […]

Baby Faced Assassin

It’s that time of the season for fantasy sports. Something caught my attention that I felt deserved a bit of a deeper dive. I’ve become increasingly aware, thanks to a hefty dose of Nate Silver’s work, of the hidden data behind the spectacle of the sports, so why am I not applying what I am […]

Uber’s ‘God View’

We are all aware of the digital footprint we are creating when we use social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but less aware of the analog activities such as Citibike and Uber. Companies are collecting massive amounts of our personal data to learn from and to better understand their userbase, but why […]

Evolution and the CEO Dilemma

Netflix is ubiquitous with personal cinema consumption whether it be on the family living room big screen or the laptop on the couch. Everyone remembers how Blockbuster was the place to go to rent a movie in sweats, but how did Netflix so successfully infiltrate their market? Blockbuster had the opportunity to buy Netflix for […]

Airbnb and the Keys to the City

New York City is no stranger to trends, long-lasting or short lived. Being a young and somewhat new resident of the city, I have felt compelled to not limit myself to one neighborhood and rather experience every community the city has to offer, by living there. I think it is important to explore each and every microcosm to […]