In my prior blog post, I wrote of a clever elf that could predict the outcome of a mathematically fair process roughly ninety percent of the time. Actually, it is ninety-three percent of the time and why it is ninety-three percent instead of ninety percent is also important.

The purpose of the prior blog post was to illustrate the weakness of using the minimum variance unbiased estimator (MVUE) in applied finance. Nonetheless, that begs a more general question of when and why it…

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How should an estimator be chosen? The academic training of economists and finance professionals has traditionally favored the minimum variance unbiased estimator (MVUE). Sometimes, the maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) is chosen. From time to time, the method of moments (MOM) or the generalized method of moments (GMM) is used. Because of its subjective nature, Bayesian methods are rarely used.

The problem with this hierarchy is that it is preference-based and ignores…

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I want to apologize to my small audience for being so long in waiting to post a blog post. My goal had been one per week, but life intervened in the meantime. While I have tried to be productive, the blog post fell by the wayside.

I did write a couple of short stories, I must confess. I wrote *How to Engage in Counterespionage Operations Against Ghosts* because I grew up watching Sherlock Holmes movies and the Twilight Zone. I wrote a small set of short stories…

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I thought I would follow on my first blog posting with a follow-up on a claim in the post that going returns followed a truncated Cauchy distribution in three ways. The first way was to describe a proof and empirical evidence to support it in a population study. The second was to discuss the consequences by performing simulations so that financial modelers using things such as the Fama-French, CAPM or APT would understand the full consequences of that decision. The third was to discuss…

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In 1963 Benoit Mandelbrot published an article called “The Variation of Certain Speculative Prices.” It is a response to the forming theory that would become Modern Portfolio Theory. Oversimplified, Mandelbrot’s argument could be summarized as “if this is your theory, then this cannot be your data, and this is your data.” This issue has haunted models such as Black-Scholes, the CAPM, the APT and Fama-French. None of them have survived validation tests. Indeed, a good argument can be…

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