Have Computer Algorithms Eliminated Alpha?

Today’s markets are dominated by computer-based trading and complicated algorithms that can profit from very small inefficiencies in the market over split second periods of time. Many argue that these computer systems have made outperforming the market considerably more difficult. Yale professor Robert Shiller looks at this argument in his latest article for Capital Finance International. Shiller looks at the recent book “The Incredible Shrinking Alpha”, which argues that ““the hurdles to achieving alpha [returns… Read More

Is It A Bond Bubble? Shiller Weighs In

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller — who called both the technology bubble and the housing bubble — says the bond market is not currently fitting the traditional definition of a bubble. But he says that long-term bonds are a risky choice right now.

Shiller: Some Tech Looks Like A Bubble

Yale Economist Robert Shiller says that some tech stocks look and feel like they are in a bubble right now, but that it doesn’t seem as bad as the late 90s tech stock bubble. Shiller tells Bloomberg that the market overall is “on the high side and it’s being driven by technology recently, but it’s not like it was [in the late 90s].” He notes that his 10 year cyclically adjusted price/earnings ratio was nearly… Read More

Great Advice From (And For) Great Minds

The world often wants top investors and economists and strategists to give advice. But what’s the best financial advice that those great minds have received? The Wall Street Journal posed that question to a number of top thinkers recently. The respondents include Nobel laureates Robert Shiller and William Sharpe, as well as investment gurus Carl Icahn and Seth Klarman. A few of the responses dealt specifically with not falling prey to short term thinking. “An… Read More