On the Thursday, January 24 edition of Bloomberg Baystate Business we spoke with Bloomberg Intelligence gaming and lodging analyst Brian Egger about MGM-Springfield, the latest on the Wynn saga, and sports betting. Rob Almeida of MFS stopped by to talk about the markets. Bloomberg News endowments reporter Michael McDonald joined us to talk about his story on Baupost Group’s Seth Klarman, who sees opportunity in the markets. Boston Business Journal real estate editor Catherine Carlock talked about the commercial real estate market in Boston. Finally, MIT’s Andrew Lo talked about technology, finance and investing. Hosts: Peter Barnes, Janet Wu and Pat Carroll. Producer: Dan Pierce.
Thus far, 2018 has proven to be a prosperous year for many in the industry, thanks in no small part to the strength of the U.S. economy.
And while economists are predicting a slowdown in growth next year, the next 12 months, barring unforeseeable incidents, should remain strong, with few signs of a pullback on the horizon.
"The economy is clearly strong," said Andrew Lo, a professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering. "We've got pretty low unemployment, very reasonable inflation, and all eyes are on the stock market, which has done quite well. I think, overall, both in the United States and more broadly around the world, things are going quite well. In that kind of an environment, it's no wonder people are confident about the future and willing to spend money on things like vacation and travel."
At its worst, finance leads to crises and economic dislocation and, yet, it's absolutely vital to solving many of the problems society faces today. MIT's Andrew W Lo introduces some of the best books on finance and explains how it can change the world for the better.
At the height of the credit crunch in 2008, academics at the London School of Economics were infamously caught off guard when the Queen of England asked why no one saw the financial crisis coming. Now, 10 years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on Sept. 15, 2008, economists, regulators, policymakers and finance industry insiders are asking themselves where the next financial crisis could come from, and what danger signals they should watch for, to avoid being blindsided again.
While there are several areas of potential concern, industry experts broadly do not believe a systemic collapse on the same scale of 2008 is on the horizon.
If your house is on fire, what is the plan? Head for the exit, naturally. But if a market crash is burning a big hole in your investment portfolio, selling out may not be the best course of action. The very same emotions and biases that can lead to good decisions in many areas of daily life can lead us astray in matters of money, experts say.
Andrew Lo, a professor of finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dialled in from Boston to talk about regulation, markets and the future of machine learning.
Lo pioneered the adaptive markets hypothesis, which describes markets as a complex evolutionary ecosystem, populated by different stakeholders that adapt to changes on the basis of certain behavioural traits and biases.
Economist Andrew Lo talks to the FT's John Authers about his adaptive markets hypothesis, the idea that markets develop and adapt over time and should be modelled using concepts from biology instead of physics. It's the subject of his recent book, Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought.
Andrew W. Lo, director of the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering and the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor at MIT, describes his research on artificial intelligence and financial markets at the launch event for the MIT Intelligence Quest, an Institute-wide initiative on human and machine intelligence research, its applications, and its bearing on society.