Browsing Archives of Author »Tucker Balch«

Georgia Tech has over 2000 job titles. Here they are…

May 4, 2016

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I believe Georgia Tech employs about 5000 people (let me know if you know that number, so I can update my post).  But we have 2,666 job titles.  That would mean that on average, for each job title we’ve got about 2 people. .NET Appl Dev Sr A/C Mechanic I A/C Mechanic II A/C Mechanic […]

How Does a State’s Party Bias Relate to Per Capita GDP?

March 26, 2016

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Recent data shows that there is a weak relationship between Democratic bias and higher per capita GDP.

How do stop-loss orders affect trading strategy performance?

February 10, 2016

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By Tucker Balch, Ph.D. and Anderson Trimm, Ph.D. “A stop order is an order placed with a broker to sell a security when it reaches a certain price. A stop-loss order is designed to limit an investor’s loss on a position in a security” —investopedia.  In this article we investigate how the addition of stop-loss orders affect […]

How to avoid accidental global variables in Python

January 29, 2016

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Because of the way the Python programming language is implemented it is easy to “accidentally” define and use global variables without the programmer even realizing it.  Later on, the code might behave oddly and be hard to debug.  Here’s a quick trick you can use to avoid that pitfall.

Do the returns of high turnover trading offset tax consequences?

January 20, 2016

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Strategies that trade frequently usually have high turnover and are therefore taxed at a higher rate than strategies that hold positions for one year or longer.  In this article we examine the tax consequences for high turnover strategies. keywords: short term capital gains tax, investing, trading

Could Artificial Intelligence have predicted this correction?

January 15, 2016

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To answer that question, we asked our Machine Learning-based forecaster what it thought would happen a month ago.

Big Data & the Value of Shorting: Talk at Vero Beach

January 8, 2016

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I was invited by Essex Asset Management to speak about the influence of big data on investment practice in Vero Beach, FL.