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Financial Immortality

Around the turn of the 5th century, St Augustine of Hippo, a Christian theologian and philosopher, wrote in his ‘Confessions’ a whole section (Book XI) devoted to the nature of time. He sought to illustrate how difficult it is to define time and presented it as an enigma.

The Unchained Banker, September 13 2020

Total Pages Published in the Code of Federal Regulations

(1950-2019)

Federal Register Statistics
Regulatory Studies Center, The George Washington University, July 2020

The power of masks

We encounter masks everywhere at the moment. What stories and customs do they hide and show?

Sophie Campbell, guest author
LGT, August 3, 2020

The Lystrosaurus

One of the foundational ideas of the Zeitgeist is that measuring linguistic similarity is a powerful way to observe what we are being told matters by those who publish most of the words we read in a given day.

Rusty Guinn
Epsilon Theory, The Zeitgeist, June 17, 2020

Federal Charter of 1291

On this first of August 2020, the National Day of the Swiss Confederation, we celebrate a one page document, beautiful in its clarity, common sense, and pragmatism, that gave rise to 729 years of relative peace and prosperity. Imagine how would such a document look like if it had to be written today ?

Investment Office, August 1st 2020

Equities in a Society of Control, Part I

What was the difference between pre-Napoleonic and post-Napoleonic European societies? The French philosopher Michel Foucault once described the former as ‘Sovereign’ and the latter as ‘Disciplinary’.

Didier Darcet
Gavekal Intelligence Software, The Quant Corner, July 3, 2020

Google search terms frequency (worldwide)

January 2020 - May 2020

Laurence Monnier
Aviva Investors, "COVID-19 and data infrastructure: Will demand translate into profit?", 18 June 2020

The Magic of Moss and What It Teaches Us About the Art of Attentiveness to Life at All Scales

“Life [exists] only because of a myriad of synchronicities that bring us to this particular place at this particular moment. In return for such a gift, the only sane response is to glitter in reply.”

Maria Popova
Brain Pickings

"...the work of destruction is quick, easy and exhilarating; the work of creation slow, laborious and dull."

Sir Roger Scruton
Remarks - Europe at a Crossroads: The Virtue of Nationalism Conference, May 13, 2019

The Use of Knowledge in Society

"The Use of Knowledge in Society" is an academic paper written by economist Friedrich Hayek, that was first published in 1945. At that time a clear counterargument to a planned and centralized economy, it is more actual than ever!

Friedrich A. Hayek
The American Economic Review, September 1945

Quarter Notes and Bank Notes: The Economics of Music Composition in the Eighteenth and Ninteenth Centuries

How creative artists in the 18th. and 19th. centuries adapted to the vast economic and social changes that occured around them during the greatest era of musical composition. A novel cross-disciplinary arena between music and economic history.

F. M. Scherer
Princeton University Press, 2012
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