Author Archives: gcalhoun

Darks Pools

This is a flawed book — overwritten, under-edited, and devoid of any real analysis or critical perspective. Nevertheless, it is a quick and easy read, and it tells the story of the transformation of the equity markets by modern technology … Continue reading

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Ahead of the Curve

This is an account of one student’s experience of going through the Harvard MBA program, written by a former (and current) editor at the Financial Times. It is not unflawed, but is nevertheless highly readable and generally fascinating. I recommend … Continue reading

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A New Brand World

I have a limited tolerance for “business books” in general, and marketing books in particular – but this is an exception. It is admittedly rather too breezy, and prone to sloganeering  – but the author has real substantive experience as … Continue reading

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Ahead of the Curve

This is a very good presentation of the basics of business cycle analysis, using fundamental economic indicators. Very easy to read, and provides a more thematic and focused viewpoint than the Baumohl and Constable/Wright books described below. A supplementary text … Continue reading

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Secrets of Economic Indicators

This is a more comprehensive survey of the major economic indicators that move the financial markets. It is very good, and provides in effect a topical survey of many of the major macro-economic concepts and principles along the way (e.g., … Continue reading

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War at the Wall Street Journal

This highly readable book combines several intriguing narratives – it is simultaneously an insider’s history of the Wall Street Journal and how it has operated over the years; a dramatic struggle by Rupert Murdoch to acquire the paper from a heterogeneous … Continue reading

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WSJ Guide to 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter

This is a breezy but useful survey of a diverse selection of economic indicators, focused mainly on the business cycle (predicting recessions & recoveries), and on inflation. It is not a deep treatment of these issues, but a practical discussion … Continue reading

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