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  • Praise for “Nerds On Wall Street”
  • “Leinweber isn’t half as crazy as people said! He foresaw the profound change that wired technology would bring to markets (robots trading millions of shares in six milliseconds). Now he nails the Stupid Financial Engineering Tricks that dumped the markets, and offers his patented, sound insights on how the nerds will help bring us back.” […]

  • More Praise for “Nerds on Wall Street”
  • “New technologies are exploited first by “alpha geeks,” folks with the skills to push the envelope. This is as true on Wall Street as it was on the web. Leinweber was one of those alpha geeks, but is also the first to chronicle the innovation process from early adopter to mainstream acceptance.” Tim O’Reilly Founder […]

  • Part 4 – Nerds Gone Wild – Wired Markets in Distress
  • Financial Nerds Gone Wild – Global Markets in Distress The original plan for this book stopped after the three parts that you’ve just read. These parts are about how markets became machines, and about using more machines to pick stocks and trade them electronically, bringing in an assortment of nifty ideas from finance and computer […]

  • Part 3 – Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification in Financial Markets Securities Markets are Machinery Now. This raises the question of how to best participate in the world’s new wired markets. People who use information technology most effectively will be rewarded. Artificial intelligence (AI) as an academic discipline began at the famous 1955 Dartmouth conference organized by John […]

  • Part 2 – Alpha as Life
  • Passive Investing – Active Investing – Alpha Returns Index funds are passive investments; their goal is to deliver a return that matches a benchmark index. The Old Testament of indexing is Burton Malkiel’s classic A Random Walk Down Wall Street, first published in 1973 by W.W. Norton and now in its ninth edition. For typical […]

  • Part 1 – Wired Markets
  • Financial Markets – Electronic Markets Not too long ago, going to a stock market meant you would meet lots of new people who were energetically shouting, running around, and making a mess with great quantities of paper. No more. Visiting a financial market now is more like visiting a telephone exchange. Computers and network gear […]