Markets

The Irony of Bitcoin

Dr. Tiemann reviews how Bitcoin, the new “crypto-currency,” works and shows that, while designed to not require the participation of banks or other trusted financial intermediaries, nevertheless, Bitcoin does require verification that can be established by ordinary people, which is not yet available.

Competition

In his note on market competition Dr. Tiemann writes: “It’s an attempt to dig a little deeper than the stylized models we study in economics courses, and think a bit about how competition operates in the real economy.”

Growth in the Age of Cheap Capital

This note helps readers understand how corporate management thinks about and makes deliberate choices about their capital structure, depending upon market conditions, discount rates, level of employment in the economy and other factors. A refresher on Modigliani and Miller, and assessment of why companies appear to be doing better yet unemployment remains high.

The Store of Value Under Siege

What is money? You might as well ask, "What is time?"  It's one of those concepts we all think we understand until we really examine them. After all, we use money in its various form to buy things every day. But where does it come from? What does it represent? And most important of all, what stands […]

Liquidity and the Markets

Explains how illiquid portfolios played a role in the violent plunge in global equity markets in the recent past, why prudent use of liquidity is an element that investors can use to their advantage in generating returns and why understanding liquidity can also help us to interpret market activity.

Lessons from History

 Discusses the philosophical framework of the Obama Administrations' stimulus plan and places it into an historical context, discussing its Keynesian economic impact and Hamiltonian design, revealing the coherence and consistency of the ideas behind it.

It’s a New Year — Now What?

Increases in the market risk premium analyzed, with assessment of implications for individual investment strategies relative to risk tolerance and investment timeframes, as well as risks to corporations with and without access to capital, in their abilities to prosper and produce superior returns.

The Wall Street Vortex

Review of the more than run-of-the-mill market corrections and diagnoses of actions by the government to stem the failures by such entities as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, while permitting the collapse of Lehman and Bear Stearns. Implications of the political uncertainty in light of the upcoming presidential elections and market reactions.

Advancing the State of the Investment Art

Reflections on the power of the dialectic within the academic approach for diagnosing and solving the vexing issues relating to investing for individuals. Further reinforcement for upholding the principle of working to best solve the specific individual needs of each investment client, rather than contorting clients’ portfolios to fit into existing products.