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The Deipnosophist. Living and Learning with Investment Advice TipRanks was not started as a labor of love.

The Deipnosophist

It was actually a labor of frustration. Back in the day, CEO Uri Gruenbaum was a software engineer from Tel Aviv, Israel managing large scale national technology projects. He also was a part-time investor. He didn’t have a lot of skin in the game, but enough to hurt when the stock market didn’t go his way. Uri wondered whether it was just him. “I just felt there was a glaring need in the marketplace for a mechanism to help guys like me,” said Gruenbaum.

So Uri decided to do what any smart man with an MBA would do. He decided to take a close look at one of the analysts that he followed regularly (someone who had just rated a stock as a "strong buy") and, for starters, he Googled him. TipRanks developed its proprietary Financial Accountability Engine™ and NLP (natural language processing) algorithms to scan and interpret relevant financial text from the entire Internet. Invest wisely. Doug Ross @ Journal - 75% snark-free diatribes on politics, technology & security. I received startling news this week that an esteemed colleague had suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday.

Doug Ross @ Journal - 75% snark-free diatribes on politics, technology & security

Only in his late forties, he'd apparently tip-toed on the precipice of eternity. The ICU nurses mentioned that when he'd arrived, it appeared to be a 90% chance-of-fatality case. The chaplain was called in, perhaps to counsel his wife. It was that dire. He'd been camping and hiking on Saturday. On two fronts, he was fortunate: his home is only a few miles away and the hospital in question is highly rated for cardiac care. I saw him today to bring him some mail and reading material.

His episode reminded me of my Dad's heart attack nearly a decade ago. After my Dad's heart attack, which he thankfully survived, I completely changed my diet. I got my weight down to 178 while continuing to work out hard. Breakfast: All-bran mixed with Ka-shi Protein Crunch CerealLunch: Can of chunk light tuna (hold the mercury, please!) Dessert? He brought us a bread pudding or something like that. Inflation Expectations.

Published on March 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm One of the interesting effects of the turmoil in financial markets since September involves the level of implied inflation expectations embedded within the market prices for Treasury Notes and Bonds.

Inflation Expectations

This is a very interesting development given the Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy and the large deficit financed spending plans proposed by the Obama Administration. The United States Treasury issues traditional notes and bonds that are not inflation protected as well as inflation protected securities (TIPS). Regular Treasuries pay interest in nominal terms while TIPS pay a real rate of return and principal is adjusted based on actual inflation.

Purchasers of TIPS are locking in a real return while those who buy regular Treasuries are locking in a nominal return and are accepting risk of inflation eroding their principal. For most of the past five years, inflation expectations have hovered around a 2.5% trend line. Island hopper's diary. Economics and Politics - Paul Krugman Blog. HongKongMacro. Greg Mankiw's Blog.