Mental Model: Defined benefit pension plans

This is a dossier with resources and material regarding the valuation of defined benefit pension plans. This PDF is a selection from an out-of-print volume from the National Bureau of Economic Research Pension Plan Calculator (spreadsheet provided by aliactuary.com) Actuarial Methods and Assumptions used in the Valuation of Retirement Benefits in the EU and other … Continue reading Mental Model: Defined benefit pension plans

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Ryan Morris and the Value of the Activist Option

Ryan Morris of Meson Capital has been showing up on my radar frequently over the last six months (often through SumZero). From what I have read, he seems very capable and his write-ups have struck a chord with me. Investment Approach There is something about his approach that makes me think of the old Buffett … Continue reading Ryan Morris and the Value of the Activist Option

Mental Model: Booms, Busts & Fragile Systems

What I hope to collect here is a collection of resources that handle the historical representation of the booms and busts of fragile financial systems. Articles & presentations "Who´s Holding the Bag" by Pershing Square Capital Management (May 2007) "The Age of Balance Sheet Recessions: What Post-2008 U.S., Europe and China Can Learn from Japan … Continue reading Mental Model: Booms, Busts & Fragile Systems

Bruce Berkowitz on Accounting for Debt

From a transcript of Bruce Berkowitz AAII presentation from June 1, 2011: It’s not easy; it’s a painful process. You climb this wall of worry eventually over a multi-year period. You get sharp drops like we had today in the market-place. You have to deal with this crazy accounting that companies have now. The companies … Continue reading Bruce Berkowitz on Accounting for Debt

Mental Model: Ecological Systems

A mental model is an explanation of a thought process about how something works in the real world. Mental models help shape our behaviour and define our approach to solving problems (akin to a personal algorithm) and carrying out tasks. Mental models have been studied by cognitive scientists as part of efforts to understand how … Continue reading Mental Model: Ecological Systems

Mental Model: Evolutionary psychology

A mental model is an explanation of a thought process about how something works in the real world. Mental models help shape our behaviour and define our approach to solving problems (akin to a personal algorithm) and carrying out tasks. Mental models have been studied by cognitive scientists as part of efforts to understand how … Continue reading Mental Model: Evolutionary psychology

Mental Model: Behavioral Economics

A mental model is an explanation of a thought process about how something works in the real world. Mental models help shape our behaviour and define our approach to solving problems (akin to a personal algorithm) and carrying out tasks. Mental models have been studied by cognitive scientists as part of efforts to understand how … Continue reading Mental Model: Behavioral Economics