Hello. I’m Burnham Banks and I studied economics in the late 80s and early 90s. I’m still studying economics today and am still no wiser. This blog is a journal, a record of my thoughts and experiences. If we are destined to repeat our mistakes, we should at least repeat them faithfully. If not, then perhaps the past is a mischievous guide and we should try something new.
Tuesday, 05 April 2022 | 6:38 am
I’ve been attending ESG conferences these last couple of months, speaking, a bit tentatively, at some of them. I’ve been thinking a lot about ESG and don’t really know what to make of it. It seems to try to capture many things in many ways and in doing so makes things complicated and hard to
Sunday, 03 April 2022 | 7:52 am
In the immediate months following the COVID shock in 2Q 2020, Fed and market had expected inflation to be transitory, basically rising from 2% to 4% and fading back to 2%. This proved to be wrong. I had expected a peak of 6-8% fading to 3-4%. From June 2020, we shorted treasuries to hedge all
Friday, 01 April 2022 | 1:46 pm
Data is pretty topical these days. Everybody, including I’m sure, some automata, are talking about big data and AI. I wanted to make a couple of very general observations. If you have a lot of data but they all look the same, or are pretty close to each other, then the information the data contain
Sunday, 20 February 2022 | 6:21 am
Ukraine needs to invade Poland at once. And subsequently surrender. This will make Ukraine a part of Poland and thus NATO.
Friday, 31 December 2021 | 9:09 am
Long horizon The COVID crisis has been with us for about 2 years now. It is but the most recent in a random distribution of crises that punctuate our history. Generally, life progresses until it is interrupted by biological, environmental, or political crises, which end when the number of hosts, inhabitants or combatants is