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filthy


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Posted: 2010-09-28 19:14
they reviewed their own book Applause

"Game's the same, just got more fierce"

amateur


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Posted: 2010-10-26 01:59
dangerous people:

"Many investors, wary of the volatility in the stock markets, are looking for a safe asset class to place their hard-earned nest eggs. Foreign exchange, or forex, is one such class right now."

??????

How to Invest in Forex Now?

“unnecessary complex models should not be preferred to simpler ones. However . . . more complex models always fit the data better”

jslade


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Posted: 2010-10-26 18:43
Someone at that website is having a laugh; either that or Reuters ML classifier is really good. Get a load of the categories for the article to the left; among them, "When Pigs Fly," "Hubris," "Evil Speculators," "Madoff," and "Odd Stuff."

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

deeds


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Posted: 2010-10-26 19:31

I wish you were right, because Irene has produced an astonishing piece of writing. 

Those are actually categories that contain other articles.


jslade


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Posted: 2010-10-26 20:06
I see that you're right. Ah well, still, the statement of purpose is revealing, and explains why old Irene is on a blog with a "flying pig" category:

"With “Alternative Reality,” WYSIWYG applies.

This is where you’ll find odd news, tid-bits that didn’t fit in the news stories on the main HedgeWorld.com news site, some commentary, the occasional bit of media criticism (including some leveled at ourselves from time to time), links to other interesting sites or stories, video, pictures and perhaps most importantly, your take on it all in the comments section of each post."

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

deeds


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Posted: 2010-10-26 20:30

 

 

                    Applause


dansmo


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Posted: 2010-10-28 16:47
Bloomberg Markets Magazine, page 114: a picture of Irene in an article about high freq trading......

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FDAXHunter
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Posted: 2010-10-28 17:23
I think I can reveal (confidentially & anonymously) that Irene Aldridge interviewed with a friend of mine for a position.

It was absolutely hilarious. She wanted a sales job. That's right, sales job... not a quant job.
I don't think she got the job....

The Figs Protocol.

pj


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Posted: 2010-10-29 10:26
Applause
Thank you, FDAXHunter!
You made my day

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Cheng


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Posted: 2010-10-30 13:20
Given how she tried to market her book she would probably have a hard time selling weapons to the Taliban.

"Inter Deum Et Diabolum Semper Musica Est"

doobs


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Posted: 2010-10-30 18:19
FDAXHunter, This is great. Thx

Do you mind sharing what took place during the interview? Big Smile

FDAXHunter
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Posted: 2010-10-30 19:54
I don't think I can, sorry.But apparently she's working on some new shitty pamphlet.. uhm.. I mean "book".
If she ever interviews here though I will put the video on YouTube, promise.

The Figs Protocol.

LongTheta
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Posted: 2010-10-31 09:15

You mean this book which on amazon is this book.

It has 5 reviews on amazon. Each gave it 5 stars and glowing reviews. 

Three reviewers have no other review on amazon, so it's highly likely that they created amazon accounts specifically to plug this book.

One reviewer has one other review of a book on general literature, so that's probably a mix up by amazon, and that reviewer is in the same bucket as the other three.

The fifth review is by her co-author.


Time is on my side.

granchio


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Posted: 2010-10-31 12:01
alas i saw her interviewed on BBC newsnight (you can have the pleasure to see it again
here


"Deserve got nothing to do with it" - Clint

LongTheta
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Posted: 2010-10-31 12:31
I find it in bad judgement that she put this interview on her web site. She came across as a transparent saleswoman while the FT lady as a calm professional. When the latter laughed at Aldridge's plug of her most recent book, she was genuine and spontaneous. How can anyone claim that 'mom and pop investors' can make money competing with professional quants and traders? 

Time is on my side.

london


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Posted: 2010-10-31 21:29
Thanks for posting granchio.

As well as the audible laughter when she shamelessly plugs the book, I found it amusing that Irene tries to interrupt most of the questions that were not even intended for her.
Agree with LT - she comes out looking foolish in my eyes.


However, i believe something more cynical is going on here...
Irene is secretly in the pay of one (or more) evil, market manipulating, conspiracy generating, uber-hf firms. However, she's deep undercover (arms length employment by consulting for an offshore client, plausible deniability for both parties). Anyway, her role is to be the people's champion. To convince all the mom & pop's they too can be "high frequency traders". The net effect is some try... and inevitably fail ... but in the process they contribute to the trading profits of the aforementioned large, evil firms.

She's generating flow, with no risk of adverse selection, for more sophisticated market participants. Genius. We should applaud her.

This is like psychological warfare in the army applied to financial markets. Of course, this is highly controversial and I suspect she will deny it. Which is another data point to support the theory...

Irene, if you're reading: now I understand your game, I take it all back. Genius, I say.

You read it here first folks.
Expect the article in Vanity Fair by Michael Lewis in 6 months time...

hedgeQuant


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Posted: 2010-11-01 05:18

If anybody has the book, could you please check whether the date

October 5, 2010

shows up in the Almanac? It was the most important day for mom & pop quant investors.


Hansi


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Posted: 2010-11-01 12:50
If anybody has the book, could you please check whether the date


I'm sure that anyone who buys the book will die of shame so I can't see how anyone could check :P

aix


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Posted: 2010-11-01 12:55
There's "look inside" available on amazon.com for this book, if one were really interested enough to check.

HankScorpio


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Posted: 2010-11-01 13:29
so..., this being an almanac, she is expecting to publish it on an annual basis? Big Smile

aix


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Posted: 2010-11-01 16:11
Either that (should be pretty easy, right?), or until she finds a job.

LongTheta
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Posted: 2010-11-01 18:00

The title of the book, The Quant Investor's Almanac 2011: A Roadmap to Investing, leaves no doubt that there will be a new edition on an annual basis. Brilliant! Mom and pop investors are too savvy to use a 2011 almanac to beat quants at their own game in 2012.

$49.95 (or even less on amazon) once a year is too little to pay for the incredible amounts of money that mom and pop will make year after year.


Time is on my side.

Hansi


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Posted: 2010-11-07 20:56
Bah linkedin fail:


pj


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Posted: 2010-11-08 08:55
Hansi,
don't you know her?

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Hansi


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Posted: 2010-11-08 10:39
Sure, I know of her but don't know her personally :P apparently we share quite a few connections though. I just hope she's not given up on HFT and is trying to smooch herself into my corner of the woods.
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