Joshua M Brown

American Horror Story

Just kidding, I never made it to London. American Airlines put us through hell last night. They boarded us in New York at 5:40 pm, I was already a refugee from another canceled flight. Then we left the gate and the pilot said we were in a queue to have our wings de-iced. Then they said…

Second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning.

Posting will be light for the remainder of this week – As you read this, I’ll be flying to London Heathrow! It’s an overnight flight, so wish me luck that I’ll be able to get a few hours sleep. I haven’t been to London in forever, I’m really excited. I’m giving the keynote speech at…

The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled…

…was convincing investors that volatility and risk were the same thing. This idea that risk cannot truly be measured by looking at volatility (as measured by standard deviation) is well-trod territory in the financial blogosphere so I won’t go into it at length again. But I do feel as though more than half of all…

Will Wells Fargo Step Up and Lead?

Andrew Parish at AdvisorHUB relays the following: Multiple sources inside of Wells Fargo were in touch with AdvisorHUB over the weekend describing internal discussions to adopt the fiduciary standard throughout their wealth management operations. These sources say that the pressure being applied by advisors within the firm and in the media are making a serious…

Most Over and Undervalued Home Markets in America

Michelle Meyer, a (very good) economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, takes a look at the most and least overvalued real estate markets in the US circa now. I believe that disposable income per capita is an important consideration here… The recovery in home prices has been impressive. National home prices have increased 24% from the trough…

ALERT: Nasdaq Composite On Fleek

This is a developing story, but this morning the Nasdaq Composite Index just took out the 5000 level within the first hour of trading. It’s been fifteen years since it peaked at these levels and a lot has changed. Most notably, all of the promises of the internet’s potential to change the world have come…