My name is Kevin Erdmann. This blog broadly covers the topics of economics, finance and speculation. I have an MS in Finance from the University of Arizona. Since 2001, I have earned unusually high annual percentage returns as a private investor. I either (1) developed profitable positions through deep research and novel conceptual insights or (2) have been fooled by randomness into thinking I have novel conceptual insights.
One possible explanation for a non-random outcome is that in addition to financial risk, there are also many other forms of risk, including regulatory and reputational risk. In some unusual contexts, it is possible that reputational risks become so powerful that the required rate of return on a position can exceed the typical levels by an order of magnitude. These positions tend to have a high level of expected and experienced variance in returns. But, the expected present value can be enormous for a skilled investor with no agency issues and no reputation to risk. In short, putting yourself in a position where you might be roundly embarrassed by your public positions can be very profitable.
So, my apparent lack of good sense is a good reason why you might not bother reading my blog, and it is also a good reason why you might. I hope that enough of you choose to engage with my blog that we can develop a conversation about ideas and investments. But, you should note that my vocation is to commit to ideas that may seem horribly wrong in foresight. I intend that few of them will be horribly wrong in hindsight, but inevitably some will be. I suppose that taking positions which are reputationally risky isn't the best way to build a readership. If you are reading, it probably means you hold a generous amount of intellectual forgiveness, which I appreciate. If you comment, I will try to return the favor.