See things clearly

May 2012 Blog Posts (4)

The simple big picture helps communication

“So how does that bridge work?”


A few years ago, one summer evening I was with my son and daughter, wandering the shore of the River Forth, the majestic road and rail bridges towering over us.


“Which one?”


“The curvy one” “The road bridge, that's a suspension…


Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 30, 2012 at 5:17 — No Comments

Data is lifeblood

In Chapter 3 of the OBASHI Methodology, we describe how understanding various flows has been critical throughout economic history:

1770s - mechanisation, factories, and canals – water 

1830s - steam engines, coal, and iron railways – steam 

1870s - steel and heavy engineering,…


Added by Fergus Cloughley on May 18, 2012 at 4:39 — No Comments

Seeing the next flash crash coming

Last week, in “Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management”, IBM Fellow Irving Wladawsky-Berger discussed a round table breakfast about, ‘Protecting Financial Markets in the Age of the Cloud

“...Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is…


Added by Paul Wallis on May 10, 2012 at 14:06 — No Comments

Finance and transparency

Strike!...Everybody Out!


It’s hard to imagine a group of people less likely to go on strike than the floor traders at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  But, a few weeks ago, brokers in the Eurodollar options pit did just that.


They were protesting because they were unable to participate in the pricing of ‘block trades’ in Eurodollar futures, believing the system is ‘…


Added by Paul Wallis on May 3, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

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