Tag: economics

  • The Video Game Portfolio

    The Video Game Market Reddit user u/DeepFuckingValue turned a $53k YOLO into $11M. Through GME call options. Let me explain. What happened with GameStop? Let’s start from the beginning: Chewy CEO Ryan Cohen joined GameStop’s Board of Directors Upon this move, Citron Research predicted that the stock price would drop r/wallstreetbets decided otherwise For a bit of historical context, r/wallstreetbets is a […]

  • The Cost of Love: Appraising The Twelve Days of Christmas

    How to get into the holiday spirit? Do some math! The Twelve Days of Christmas is a Christmas carol that lists out items that a (supposed) lover is purchasing for his love. The earliest version of the song appeared in a kid’s book titled, Mirth With-out Mischief in 1780. However, the version that we are most […]

  • Fermata and Staccato: Does Music Predict the Stock Market?

    Spotify Wrapped is making the rounds at the end of this very *insert preferred adjective here* year. Everyone shares their top artists and songs of the year, and we rejoice in the gift that music gives us. But, can music actually be a predictor of our moods? And if it can predict our moods, does […]

  • Midwest Arbitrage: Capturing One of America’s Most Undervalued Assets

    This week, I partnered with a fellow Midwesterner (though a bit more Midwest than I am) and startup operator Lea Boreland to take a quantitative look at innovation and the Midwest. This was a really fun piece to work on. I grew up in Kentucky, but now live in Los Angeles. I miss Kentucky deeply – and […]

  • The Nugget Numbers: How Much Chicken is in a Chicken Nugget?

    A lighter piece for a long day. A Nugget Analysis According to Epictetus, the right way to eat is the same as the way to live: “just, cheerful, equable, temperate, and orderly.” More precisely: So when I came across a chicken nugget dataset on Kaggle, I was fascinated. This person had weighed their individual nuggets […]

  • Memes as news: The Importance of Short-form Content

    Meme — is an idea, behavior, or style that becomes a fad and spreads by means of imitation from person to person within a culture and often carries symbolic meaning representing a particular phenomenon or theme. Wikipedia This week has been a whirlwind, to say the least. On October 1st, the President announced that he had tested […]

  • Natural Language Processing and Naval: The Art of the Podcast

    Podcasts are a harmonic creation. They are fascinating tools, connecting us to the speakers in a very personal way, almost like we are a part of the conversation too. I laugh out loud at some things, or nod along, reacting emphatically, despite being in a different time and place than both the interviewer and interviewee. […]

  • The Reminder That We Are All Human

    “A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.” Source: Neil Gaiman I do not have the words for what is currently happening. There is so much uncertainty. It is almost […]

  • My Old Kentucky Home: Place-based Inequality in America

    Central and Eastern Kentucky are flooding, with hundreds of homes lost. The loss of coal mining jobs and the opioid crisis are two key hindrances to growth that Kentucky is grappling with Place-based inequality is a tough issue to tackle, and it comes with many nuances. Kentucky is a beautiful, beautiful state.

  • Ditch Your Car: Ridesharing is More Cost Effective

    Ditch Your Car: Ridesharing is More Cost Effective

    Ride or Drive: A Financial Model Comparing Ridesharing to Car Ownership Can ride-sharing really replace cars? The numbers say if you drive less than 10,000 miles, maybe.