Andrew Langen

Faulty assumptions about normal curve do more harm than good
Opinion

Faulty assumptions about normal curve do more harm than good

Statistics may not be the hardest form of mathematics, but it is probably the most finicky. Moreover, the fact that it is vitally important in many fields means that it needs to be understood by people who otherwise would want nothing to do with mathematics. It is no wonder that when people talk about statistics,…

Fears of higher federal interest rates exagerrated
Opinion

Fears of higher federal interest rates exagerrated

It has been more than six weeks since the Federal Reserve chose to raise interest rates for the first time in years. Much has happened in 2016 already, including the Bank of Japan’s decision to introduce negative interest rates. In this climate, many expected the Fed to back down and bring rates back to where…

This year proved positive for American economics
Opinion

This year proved positive for American economics

As the New Year approaches, talk turns toward the future. For many, pessimism reigns supreme. Even so, there are some bright spots: the world economy, the American economy in particular, has had a year worth celebrating. The future is less certain, but still not as worrisome as it may appear. This has been a year…

Uncertainty in Chinese stocks shakes faith in government
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Uncertainty in Chinese stocks shakes faith in government

The relationship between perception and reality has always been at the core of economics, and nowhere has that been more true than in China. Recent events in the markets have shown that, given enough time, reality will always ruin the fun. The Shanghai Composite fell almost 8.5 percent on Aug. 24, now known as “Black…

India experiences economic boost
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India experiences economic boost

While China has surged to international prominence, India has been, by comparison, out of the spotlight. But fortunes seem to be shifting, as reflected by the recent drop in China’s GDP target from 7.5 to seven percent. Additionally, in 2014, India’s GDP grew more than China’s for the first time in over ten years. India,…

Index funds prove more safe, dependable than hedge funds
Opinion

Index funds prove more safe, dependable than hedge funds

In the investment world, hedge funds are completely unnecessary. Many new investors in the stock market see hedge funds as a tantalizingly low-risk opportunity, but investing in them is ultimately a mistake. Hedge funds are companies that manage assets for their shareholders. Rather than buying their own stocks, investors in a hedge fund are essentially…

GMO labeling based on unsound science, lousy logistics
Opinion

GMO labeling based on unsound science, lousy logistics

This election cycle, two significant initiatives went under the radar, partly because they failed. Both Oregon and Colorado decided to block the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which would require companies to specify whether a food product contains genetically modified products. Although it is experiencing a rise in popularity, GMO labeling is an unconstitutional,…

Private company swoops down on corporate crime
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Private company swoops down on corporate crime

Gotham City Research, a private company that bets against the companies they find to be fraudulent, announced their most recent target this past summer: Let’s Gowex SA, a Spanish Wi-Fi provider. Within days, Gowex collapsed entirely and trading has been suspended, making their shares essentially worthless. Gotham City Research, along with a Chinese firm called…

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