Telkom, SBC and a few things suddenly making sense

Business Report is running a story about the shareholder agreement between government and SBC that impacted South Africa’s telecommunications environment. Ann Crotty (from Business Report) writes: The shareholders’ agreement signed by the government when it sold a 30 percent stake in Telkom to the Thintana Communications consortium placed both companies above South Africa’s laws, according […]

Deja vu and the myopia of our spirit

Amongst the stormy seas of markets recently (off the back of a credit and liquidity crunch apparently initiated by ongoing and deepening problems with sub-prime loans in the US and the related CDOs), bobs the grey and bloated bodies of a clich├ęd failure. Unwavering belief in trends, normal market conditions and trading rules developed out […]

Urban legends and cocktail conversation

I’ve had an idea to analyse some of the many topics that come up in conversation time and time again. Chances of winning the lotto, FNB’s Million a Month account, randomness of the iPod shuffle to name a few. I’ll try to get hold of some interesting datasets and perform some basic analysis. My aim? […]