TIP609: Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb

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On today’s episode, Clay reviews Nassim Taleb’s book – Fooled by Randomness.

Nassim Taleb is a Lebanon-born American mathematician and statistician whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. He’s very well known for his popular books, including The Black Swan, Antifragile, Skin in the Game, and Fooled by Randomness.



IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

00:00 - Intro.

01:37 - The role of luck in investing.

04:51 - Biases that get investors into trouble, such as the survivorship bias and the endowment effect.

10:09 - Why we should develop a sense of skepticism and humility.

15:52 - Why it’s so important to understand alternative histories.

30:47 - Why humans are more prone to make investment decisions based on emotions rather than facts and probabilities.

37:31 - What the firehouse effect is.

39:33 - The story of a trader who got married to his positions which ended up being a value trap.

48:08 - What chaos theory is.

58:54 - How Taleb’s investment strategy capitalizes on asymmetric opportunities.

62:06 - Distinguishing a good process from a good outcome.



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