NOVEMBER_3 - NOVEMBER 3 2008 October Pain Was'Black Swan Gain By S COTT PATTERSON For most of October it seemed nearly everything that could go

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NOVEMBER 3, 2008 October Pain Was 'Black Swan' Gain By SCOTT PATTERSON For most of October, it seemed nearly everything that could go wrong with the markets did. But the rout turned into a jackpot for author and investor Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Mr. Taleb last year published "The Black Swan," a best-selling book about the impact of extreme events on the world and the financial markets. He also helped start a hedge fund, Universa Investments L.P., which bases many of its strategies on themes in the book, including how to reap big rewards in a sharp market downturn. Like October's. Nassim Nicholas Taleb Separate funds in Universa's so-called Black Swan Protection Protocol were up by a range of 65% to 115% in October, according to a person close to the fund. "We're discovering the fragility of the financial system," said Mr. Taleb, who says he expects market volatility to continue as more hedge funds run into trouble. A professor of mathematical finance at New York University, Mr. Taleb believes investors often ignore the risk of extreme moves in the market, especially when times are good and volatility is low, as it was for several years leading up to the current turmoil. "Black swan" alludes to the belief, once widespread, that
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2010 for the course NBA 5450 taught by Professor Richardmarin during the Fall '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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