Jeffrey Frankel is Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He directs the program in International Finance and Macroeconomics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is also a member of the Business Cycle Dating Committee, which officially declares recessions. Appointed to the Council of Economic Advisers by President Clinton in 1996 and subsequently confirmed by the Senate, he served until 1999. His responsibilities as Member included international economics, macroeconomics, and the environment. Before moving East, he had been professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, having joined the faculty in 1979. Other past appointments include the Federal Reserve Board, Institute for International Economics, International Monetary Fund, and Yale. His research interests include international finance, currencies, monetary and fiscal policy, commodity prices, regional blocs, and global environmental issues. He graduated from Swarthmore College and received his PhD from MIT. Visit Jeffrey Frankel's Weblog (http://www.jeffrey-frankel.com/)
Retired Refinery and Petrochemical Commissioning and Production Manager, having worked for 48 years worldwide in more than 42 countries and on more than 42 small and big projects. Fluent in at least 4 languages and a practical very Hands-on Engineer / peoples Leader and so on. Now staying in Switzerland on a Refinery Project.
A retired scientist, I have long had an interest in investing. In addition to stocks, I currently trade options actively for our own accounts. I read extensively and use my technical background to evaluate technology companies. I am an optimist about the U.S. market and economy, believing that the power of innovation and entrepreneurship in this great country is currently being overshadowed in the public's mind by recency bias, i.e. the memory of the financial crisis is too strong.
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Semi retired engineer and economist. Real estate and construction background. Now managing my own retirement funds. I am slowly learning the ways of ETFs and CEFs. This seems like the way to go for investors like me. You can even build your own hedge finds using ETFs and CEFs ... whatever that means. And, lots and lots of dividend paying stocks ... you get paid to wait out down markets.
Education: Brown University - Engineering. Harvard University - economics, finance and government.
Fall asleep at night dreaming of cost spreadsheets, critical path method scheduling, net present value / discounted cash flow calculations. It may take me years to once again dream about trees, plants and flowers. This is payback for years working in the engineering - economics fields. Ouch and double ouch.
I invest for a living. I like to collect data and graph it and analyze it. I learn math for fun.
I try not to become too attached to my ideas, so I like to imagine that my models of how the world works is populated by variables, not constants, that can change.
I believe that efficient economies are most productive and the most fertile ground for achievement for a people.
I focus much on cycles of various types, why they occur, their histories and the cycles most relevant to us now.
The most important non-religious book I've read is Strauss & Howe's The Fourth Turning, which may be more than 10 years old, but I had waited all my life for someone to write about generational cycles.