Michael Burry’s UCLA Economics Commencement Speech

Paul FennerLife Transitions

Michael Burry was the driving character behind Michael Lewis’s book The Big Short.  He was quite the visionary when it came to foreseeing the economic crisis specially the housing bubble. As Burry put it, “I bet against America and won.”  He ended up being in the proverbially 1% but not how he had envisioned.

Five Market Wizard Lessons by Jack Schwager

Paul FennerPersonal Finance

Jack Schwager author of the original Market Wizard books which we featured in this post [A Summary of Market Wizards], is out with his new book Hedge Fund Market Wizards.  Below is a summary of 5 lessons from his work. From Jack Schwager: “Five Market Wizard Lessons” Hedge Fund Market Wizards is ultimately a search for insights to be drawn from the most successful … Read More

How to Live Unhappily Ever After

Paul FennerLife Transitions

The piece I like most about this article on happiness is “Seriously, who among us is having a “Great!” day every day? Who feels “Terrific, thanks!” all the time?”. Yes there are certain situations where you might have to put on the “happy face” as a facade to get through a meeting or project.  But how liberating would it be … Read More

7 Entrepreneurial Lessons From “Shark Tank”

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

I’m not sure how many of you spend your Friday evening watching TV but with triplets, I don’t venture out all of that much.  So if you ever find yourself looking for something to watch on those Friday’s I highly recommend Shark Tank on ABC. The show introduces budding entrepreneurs to business moguls such as Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Barbara … Read More

Stock Markets & the Muppets

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

I wonder in a few years if I show this to my triplets if they will understand this clip from Kermit, Fozzy, and some of the other Muppets?  By that time who knows how much the national debt would be. For your viewing and educational enjoyment

A Summary of Market Wizards

Paul FennerPersonal Finance

I had an earlier post Curated Interview with Paul Tudor Jones from Curated Alpha.  In the post, the author had referenced the book Market Wizards: Interviews with Top Traders by Jack D. Schwager.  At the end of his book, Mr. Schwager put together a summary of those traits that he thought that the most successful market mavens had in common.  I touched on … Read More

My Teach is an iPad

Paul FennerEducation Planning

I’m always interested in new trends in education probably because I have kids of my own now but also due to my interest of finding more efficient ways to learn.  Education for me didn’t end after undergrad and has just continued with me.  I’m interested in how to retain more information and what tools are available to do so in … Read More

Is an Ivy League Diploma Worth It?

Paul FennerEducation Planning

Harvard

In my continued quest to determine if a college diploma is worth the money comes a piece from the WSJ Is an Ivy League Diploma Worth It?  I personally believe that the cost of education is in a bubble no different than a stock market or housing bubble.  The question is when and how does it pop?  College debt now totals … Read More