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Too many Black Swans

In Investments on 07/11/2011 at 7:00 am

Gd piece explaining that the term “Black Swan” is often misused, even by the coiner of the term.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-23/many-black-swans-make-metaphor-meaningless-commentary-by-alice-schroeder.html

Protection against Black Swan events

In Insurance, Investments on 28/03/2011 at 7:07 am

Financial institutions that were peddling subprime loans and derivatives thereof have moved on. They are now peddling products that will lose you money each yr (say 15%), but which they claim will make it up and more when a Black Swan happens.  And BTW, they use derivatives.

But there are people in this business that have gd track records. Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan”, has a fund which has grown from uS$300m in 2007 to around US$6 billion today.

And, bond funds, PIMCO and BlackRock (who largely avoided subprimes) have similar funds. They also advise clients on this issue.

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