Nassim Taleb

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    Nassim Taleb: If Bankers Don’t Like Bonus Caps They Should Grow Some Balls And Start A Hedge Fund

    “I admire the move by the European Union to restrict the bonuses of that class of privileged civil servants called “bankers” — a recognition that the taxpayers have the right to control the income of those they subsidize and bail out, just as they set the salaries of other state-sponsored workers. Alas, bankers in their […]

    / Jan 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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    Senate Subcommittee Feasting On Whale Today

    When I got the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report on the London Whale last night, I did what any sensible human would do: I ctrl-F’ed for my name and the names of my friends and enemies, gloated briefly, and then set to work rationalizing not reading the rest of it. After all, it’s ridiculous […]

    / Mar 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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    Some Banks Hoping To Be Too Small To Fail

    I feel like if I were the Financial Services Roundtable and I wanted to send a letter to Congress telling them to get rid of a rule that gives lashings of government support to little banks at the arguable expense of, um, this cast of ne’er-do-wells, I would do it anonymously. Or, like, I’d try […]

    / Nov 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb Became The Chiseled Adonis You See Before You Through A Strict Regimen Of Picking Up Rocks And Lying In Bed For Two Years

    Have you ever gazed upon classical Greek philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb and thought to yourself, “That man has a body from the gods. I could never hope to match him in brains, but what about brawn? If only I could obtain the details of his diet and fitness regimen”? Well, friends, today is your lucky day. Despite still being on his second tour of self-imposed quiet time, Taleb granted several interviews to publications reviewing his new book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder,” and, naturally, the topic of his physique came up, specifically the various ways he keeps it in such enviable shape. (He also touches on the exercises that led to him having a brain three times the size of the typical astrophysicist, though please note that these should be appreciated but not be attempted by average humans, who could hurt themselves quite badly.)

    / Nov 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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    Nassim Taleb Is On His Second Round Of Self-Imposed Quiet Time

    Several years back, in response to the news that Ben Bernanke would be reappointed Fed Chairman, Nassim Nicholas Taleb made an announcement that he would be retreating from society. “What I am seeing…is to much for me to bear,” Taleb wrote. “I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn’t even know he doesn’t understand how things work); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible…I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic quiet of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step…I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan. Bye, Nassim.” NNT reintroduced himself to the world at some point in 2010 or 2011 but now, apparently, he has once again decided to pick up his black swans and leave, as people getting in touch with him to star in their movie, blurb their book, or pick his large and intimidating brain recently learned.


    (Please ignore this message if you are a personal friend or engaged in an ongoing

    Dear correspondent;

    I am currently disengaged from the rest of the world (until November 2012).

    I had to stop replying to emails outside of the strictly personal (friends, family, citizens of Amioun, etc.), except for extremely important/urgent matters.

    Please note that, except for emergencies & appointments, I reply to mails with an equivalent frequency to that of classical letters.

    (REQUESTS: Also note that 1) I no longer do media interviews (except those scheduled by publishers), 2) can no longer endorse books, 3) do not participate in documentary films, 4) will not give lectures in Asia, Australia, and other places entailing severe jetlag, etc.)

    I apologize for the inconvenience.

    Nassim Taleb Still Has the Most Nassim Taleb Auto-Reply Email Ever [NYO]
    Earlier: Nassim Taleb Swears He’s Done With This Place, Signs Off In A Huff– Who Should He Take With Him?

    / Oct 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    Poker Is Not Gambling, Jury Still Out On Investing

    Because this is Dealbreaker: A Place For Finance And Sometimes Poker™, I figured some of you would be interested to know: poker is now legal! Sort of. Basically a fellow named Lawrence Dicristina was running a poker room in Staten Island. He was arrested by the Feds and charged under the federal Illegal Gambling Business […]

    / Aug 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    If You Must Know, Nassim Taleb Is Actually Kind Of Looking Forward To The Break Up Of The Euro

    Nassim Taleb, author of “The Black Swan,” said he favors investing in Europe over the U.S. even with the possible breakup of the single European currency in part because of the euro area’s superior deficit situation. Europe’s lack of a centralized government is another reason it’s preferable to invest in the region, said Taleb, a […]

    / May 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Predicts The Next Black Swan: Bankers Getting Bonuses Of Any Kind

    Earlier today, we discussed the upcoming bonus season and the fact that, for those who are employed by banks, it’s looking to be something of a disappointment. Numbers are estimated to be down 20-30 percent on average from last year, with fixed-income being hit the hardest. For many, it’s cause for some preemptive JO&C’ing at […]

    / Nov 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Knows The Soviets Would Never See A Black Swan Coming

    At this point, Nassim N. Taleb has explained many times (1) what caused the financial crisis and (2) what will cause the next one. This is actually pretty simple stuff and as he’s sick of repeating it, we’ll summarize: (1) the Nobel Prize Committee, and (2) knowing things. We learned the second part when Taleb dropped […]

    / Jul 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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    Nassim Taleb To Unload Infinite Wisdom On G-20

    Though his schedule is extremely packed, Nassim Taleb, who knows everything there is to know about risk while Ben Bernanke knows nothing, has agreed to co-author a paper with the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets department “for the G-20 to develop ways to apply his method for identifying tail risks, or the chances of low […]

    / Jul 14, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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    Caption Contest Wednesday: Does Anna Chapman Have An Appointment With Two Doctors Of The Economy?

    “With Nassim Taleb in Moscow. Dr Black Swan and Dr Doom,” Dr Doom tweets, referring to himself in the third person.

    / Feb 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM
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    Nassim Taleb: Ben Bernanke Doesn’t Understand Risk

    “Did Ben Bernanke see the crisis?” Nassim Taleb asked on Bloomberg TV today. “No,” Taleb answered himself, “He was flying the plane and he crashed the plane…[Bernanke] reminds me of the LTCM people. They had brilliant people with great academic records and they blew up the fund and almost blew up Wall Street…Bernanke is someone […]

    / Nov 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Identifies Real Villain Of The Financial Crisis

    Over the last several years, people have been obsessed with determining who truly caused the financial crisis. Was it Alan Greenspan? Was it the banks? Was it the mortgage lenders? Evil short sellers? People who bought homes they couldn’t actually afford? Jimmy Cayne drug dealer? It’s up for debate and no one has yet to […]

    / Oct 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    Nassim Taleb Has Some Thoughts On CNBC

    [via BI] This was worth emerging from his self-imposed quiet time to say. Earlier: Nassim Taleb Has A Short Idea For The Homo Sapiens Of The World

    / Feb 16, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Has A Short Idea For The Homo Sapiens Of The World

    It’s “a no brainer” to sell short Treasuries, Nassim Taleb, a principal at Universa Investments LP in Santa Monica, California, said at a conference in Moscow today. “Every single human being should have that trade.”

    / Feb 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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    Caption Contest Tuesday

    / Jan 26, 2010 at 10:30 AM
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    Nassim Taleb Swears He’s Done With This Place, Signs Off In A Huff– Who Should He Take With Him?

    Nassim Taleb cannot believe– be-lieve– Ben Bernanke is going to be reappointed chairman of the Federal Reserve. He cannot believe he lives in a world where this could be allowed to happen! It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous. Taleb is so disgusted (not at Bernanke, who has but the mind of a child, and doesn’t understand what […]

    / Dec 1, 2009 at 12:52 PM
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    Nassim Taleb Would’ve Trusted Raj Rajaratnam With The Keys To His House, Not His Fridge

    So you can imagine The Black Swan author’s surprise to find out his b-school chum is an alleged insider trading specialist. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, got a shock when he opened the newspaper last weekend and saw a picture of an old classmate from Wharton business school at the University of […]

    / Oct 20, 2009 at 9:50 AM
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    Swan Song

    As Tim Geithner embarks on his campaign for confidence in China, it seems not everybody is so sure that Timmy G and the boys back in Washington have this whole running up massive debt levels and record fiscal deficit thing quite under control. Former Chinese central bank advisor Yu Yongding wants to check Geithner’s homework […]

    / Jun 1, 2009 at 9:45 AM

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