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June 4, 2012
Last revised: July 15, 2012

Famous ... last ... words 6/13/12

Shortly before Harry Markowitz defended his economics dissertation, Portfolio Selection, at the University of Chicago, he thought, "I know this subject cold. Not even Dr. Milton Friedman can give me a hard time."

Then, ...

101. Cryptic Addition. Are you ready for this sort of interview question? 2/24/12

In the nearby addition problem, each of the symbols represents a single digit in the set,
    {1, 2, 3, 4}.
What is the value of each symbol?

Après Sarkozy, ... le déluge? Le Deluge

In 1980 French voters elected a Socialist president and parliament that taxed, borrowed, spent, and increased regulation. That led to disaster for the French economy. Will history repeat itself?

On May 6, 2012, French Voters rejected Sarkozy. Pourquoi?

The most important factors were economics, party politics, and personalities.

Who is François Hollande, and what has he promised?

Candidate Hollande, said he wants to save "French exceptionalism"--of which key pillars seem to be the 35-hour work week and retirement at age 62--and he wants faster economic growth. 

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