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The Goldman Quant Investment Strategies Pitchbook Is In Need Of Major Reworking

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Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:45 | 1674657 bania
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paging WB7

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:51 | 1674685 GeneMarchbanks
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bania where's your JOTD?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:05 | 1674740 bania
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Had to take a job at Mendy's, been working on a value menu and had to convince management that soup isn't a meal.

If I get enough plus votes I'll bring JotD back, didn't realize there was any interest in it until now.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:07 | 1674746 Buckaroo Banzai
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Just replace that big black square that says "Wealth Creation" with a big black square that says "Wealth Destruction", and your done.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:51 | 1674665 GeneMarchbanks
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Their marketing campaign is a little amateurish for a multibillion $ business criminal racket.

Good riddance!

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:46 | 1674666 bluelou
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Sucks to your alpha! 


Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:47 | 1674670 Libertarians fo...
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I like the disclaimer at the bottom, in all caps:  NOT FOR USE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC


We need to have a similar disclaimer on top of the Treasury:  NOT FOR USE FOR WALL STREET



Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:48 | 1674674 EscapeKey
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"The little fat tail distribution that wasn't."

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:49 | 1674679 jdelano
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"It's all cycles," he says. "Economies are cycles, markets are cycles, and we haven't had a good stock market since 1998. It's coming. It's only a matter of time before we get a sustainable type of market getting that 8, 9, 10 percent a year."


this from Nadev Baum via CNBC.  This is the kind of jackass that sets a pension fund assumption of 8% annualized returns.  How does a guy like this have a job?  Or, in the words of Rick Moranis, "How many Assholes we got on this ship?"

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:54 | 1674696 redpill
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And his cousin?

He's an Asshole, too, sir. Gunner's-mate, 1st Class, Philip Asshole.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:50 | 1674683 richard in norway
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can any one direct me to more analisis on the dollar swap thing, is this a hugh TARP?, are the central banks now under the control of the fed? are there more curreny pegs to come? i'm looking for answers


and why doesn't the spell  checker work

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:53 | 1674691 EscapeKey
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The BIS is the head of the snake, according to Carroll Quigley (Tragedy & Hope).

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:56 | 1674706 Cult of Criminality
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Its not a spell check

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:52 | 1675018 prains
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and why doesn't the spell  checker work



it's looking for answers too

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 21:39 | 1675838 IQ 145
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The dollar swap thing provides liquidity; it's a form of QE3 that will get by the tea partiers. It also makes it possible to have a stock market party; central banks are not under the control of the Fed; but everyone is closely connected; there are no more currency pegs to come; currencies are not safe havens; this includes the NOK. I have no idea why the spell checker does not work.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:53 | 1674692 redpill
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Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:00 | 1674718 Robslob
Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:03 | 1674735 redpill
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Welcome to the desert of the real, bitches!


You know I'm born to lose

And gambling is for fools

But that's the way I like it baby

I don't want to live forever!


And don't forget the joker!


Thu, 09/15/2011 - 16:58 | 1674711 wcvarones
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"TP Enders?"

Does that stand for Total Portfolio Enders?

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:01 | 1674723 Cult of Criminality
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Probably WC

I new they were the creators of the Dynamics of Destruction fund.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:03 | 1674733 Caviar Emptor
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Famous quant fund claims that worked for a lil while...until they blow

-Yields always revert to the mean

-A loss here would be a six sigma event

-We are fully hedged

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:06 | 1674739 Cult of Criminality
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 you get a top of the line Ginsu Knife set for them to install in your back, free of charge

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:10 | 1674754 adr
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A couple billion dollars and they can't hire a decent designer to make a good looking presentation. I mean that thing looks like Power Point from 1997.

I'll give you a good deal $100k to make a slick presentation. You probably paid more than that for the crap job.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:22 | 1674843 Cult of Criminality
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It appears it was only for their underlings,nothing more than elementary needed.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:24 | 1674857 Market Efficien...
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The more elite the poorer the PPT. Same thing with McK or equal, decade-old guidelines rule and everyone has been trained to comply and threatend of violating. To them, poor and uniform is better than innovative and individual. Derives from their elite corporate, and derived HR strategy. That's why everyone would give you the same answer to a question, no matter who you ask. They are conveying: We know the solution, how else would we come up with the same solution individually.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 21:43 | 1675851 IQ 145
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they probably did, and I agree. It's tacky. The frantic spin language is a little hard to take; it sounds like a carnival pitch. "A dynamic allocation fund"; If Bernie Madorff advertised it would look like this.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:18 | 1674812 Market Efficien...
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I fully understand and totally share any mockery about GS and their activities (the rare cases they are not backed up by any inside knowledge or political power), But the downturn or malfunction of any quant strategy should tell us that the market mechanism has ended, probably once and for all. As I said two days ago, take the the most stupid, unplausible position and you will be well off. Unfortunately, I did not follow my own thesis and shorted into todays horrible US econ data and got rewarded until the market threatened to dive beneath yesterday's close around 9 am. Then, uuups, the joint central planning power took the stage and the economic data did not matter any longer. WTF!!! It's a macro move comparable to declaring service the sacred exit from dying manufacturing. You fool analytics and their investments long enough so they start losing confidence and anyone investing with them loses confidence and shifts to the belief of ever growing and prospering economies in the Western World. Fuck that, The problem: That only works as long as the masses are stupid and ready to follow any theology as long as it promises rescue. I so detest central planning but it is not the source of the problem, the stupid, weak, fucked collective is. I for myself will never ever again shut up in any conversation. You need to confront people, whoever it is, with their weakness and the consequences of them remaining passive. They are blindfolded deer without instint, willing to follow any shephard, even if they look, sound, smell and act like a wolve.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:21 | 1674829 redpill
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Clearly the "safe" thing to do is to follow your 401k administrator's "advice" and "balance" your portfolio with a bunch of mutual funds that are 90% US equities.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 21:46 | 1675862 IQ 145
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might be alright for the next couple of months; the problem comes in buy it and forget it; that doesn't work too good.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:21 | 1674831 EscapeKey
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I so detest central planning but it is not the source of the problem, the stupid, weak, fucked collective is.

Two sides of the same coin. One would not exist without the other.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 17:55 | 1674899 Market Efficien...
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Totally agree, but how physically and mentally intoxicated is mankind to show pride in scientific and theological illumination, while literally asking for some slick group of individuals to perform anal gang exorcism? Being stupid is no mistake, but taking pride in absent intelligence is.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 18:36 | 1675215 Arkadaba
Thu, 09/15/2011 - 19:05 | 1675317 vegas
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Used to see these guys in the trading pits. Everything according to the math, until it doesn't work. When it goes bad they are the proverbial deer in the headlights. They don't use stops, stops are for chumps. They will quintuple up because the math says the market [pick one it doesn't matter] can't go six standard deviations from some predetermined mean in a very short time. Really?

There used to be a saying that went like this: "I bought the first break; I bought the second break; I WAS THE THIRD BREAK.

Now the "smartest people in the room" got something to talk about with UBS.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 21:48 | 1675866 IQ 145
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LTCM; professors with a computer; paid off something like 8cents on the dollar if I recall.

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 21:13 | 1675760 agentdent
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Quantitative Investment + ?????? = PROFIT!

Fri, 09/16/2011 - 14:56 | 1678102 LeonardoFibonacci
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The  Blankfein  Prayer

Our Chairman,
Who Art At Goldman,
Blankfein Be Thy Name.

The Rally's Come.
God's Work Be Done,
We Have No Fear Of Correction.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Gains,
And Bankrupt Our Nearest Competitors,
Just As You Taught Lehman And Bear A Lesson.

And Bring Us Not Under Indictment.
For Thine Is The Treasury,
The House And The Senate
Forever And Ever.

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