[SEQ RERUN] Risk-Free Bonds Aren't

post by Tyrrell_McAllister · 2011-06-14T16:14:21.637Z · score: 4 (5 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 4 comments

Today's post, Risk-Free Bonds Aren't, was originally published on 22 June 2007. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

There are no risk-free investments. Even US treasury bills would fail under a number of plausible "black swan" scenarios. Nassim Taleb's own investment strategy doesn't seem to take sufficient account of such possibilities. Risk management is always a good idea.

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This post is part of the Rerunning the Sequences series, in which we're going through Eliezer Yudkowsky's old posts in order, so that people who are interested can (re-)read and discuss them. The previous post was http://lesswrong.com/lw/hx/one_life_against_the_world/, and you can use the sequence_reruns tag or rss feed to follow the rest of the series.

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comment by SilasBarta · 2011-06-14T18:06:19.083Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What porftolio does SIAI hold, in pursuit of the maximum risk containment? Any bitcoins? ;-)

comment by jhuffman · 2011-06-14T17:48:03.210Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

This post is a part of a sequence?

comment by Tyrrell_McAllister · 2011-06-14T21:32:44.353Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Perhaps it's a sequence of one.

At any rate, my understanding is that we are going through Eliezer's old posts in order, including those posts that are not part of a larger sequence.

comment by Dr_Manhattan · 2011-06-14T17:47:56.669Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Considering the state of fixed income markets around the world, and Moody's threat to downgrade US debt, quite timely.

ETA: specifically on Treasuries, looks like Taleb reconsidered:

http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/Nassim-Taleb-Shorting-Treasuries/2010/02/04/id/348993