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Why is the media on the left? Why the contempt for workers?

I spent the first fourteen years of my life under communism. When my parents got out in 1962, I realized to my utter astonishment that much of academia was on the left, praising communism, rationalizing increased centralization of powers under a variety of jargons. Even the US was not immune to these ideas, and that the left and academia despised workers who wanted routine lives, rather than revolutions.

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Published: 5 Dec 2016

Detecting Illegal Insider Trading

A few years ago, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, proclaimed that insider trading is “rampant” in U.S. securities markets, a quote well known to followers of financial markets and securities law. [1] Increased efforts by the U.S. department of Justice (DoJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been met with both success and failure....

Published: 1 Dec 2016

American discontent stems from the pretense of caring

Written by Reuven Brenner

"If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labor of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy,” Thomas Jefferson said.

The last few decades in the US showed that the “we” Jefferson referred to were not successful achieving this goal.

Read full article: Asia Times, November 3, 2016 

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Published: 24 Nov 2016

The pitfalls of infrastructure spending: Lessons from Canada

Written by Reuven Brenner

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Published: 24 Nov 2016

American discontent stems from the pretense of caring

"If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labor of the people under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy,” Thomas Jefferson said.

The last few decades in the US showed that the “we” Jefferson referred to were not successful achieving this goal.

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Published: 4 Nov 2016

Real Economic Shocks and Sovereign Credit Risk

Authors: Augustin, P., Tédongap, R.

Publication: Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis

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Published: 8 Aug 2016

Student investors leap into trading world

Recognizing the need to give students real-world experience as well as the ability to apply what they’ve learned in class about asset management, York University this year created a student investment fund.

Using $60,000 donated by alumni and others, a team of 15 to 20 student analysts take a value investment approach to the portfolio, seeking to achieve a positive return while minimizing risk.

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Published: 28 Jul 2016

Spotkanie i debata z prof. Reuvenem Brennerem

„Na czym powinna polegać skuteczna polityka proinnowacyjna?” – to temat wykładu profesora Reuvena Brennera, który we wtorek został zorganizowany dla członków Narodowej Rady Rozwoju oraz ekspertów z zakresu innowacji w Pałacu Prezydenckim.

Read full article: Prezydent, June 7, 2016 

Published: 21 Jun 2016

Tenure time

Tenure is granted to professors and librarians in recognition of excellent performance – and is the University’s strongest guarantee of academic freedom in research, teaching, and service. The year-long application process is a rigorous evaluation of performance.

At its May 16, 2016, meeting, McGill’s Board of Governors granted tenure to the 50 people in the 2015-2016 tenure cohort.

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Published: 26 May 2016

Patrick Augustin Awarded 2016 CME Group Foundation Grant

Detecting Informed Trading in Illiquid Option Markets

Researchers: Augustin, P., Grass, G., and Subrahmanyam, M. G.

Summary of research project:

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Published: 6 May 2016

Patrick Augustin awarded 2016 CME Group Foundation Grant: "Detecting Informed Trading in Illiquid Option Markets"

This research grant is awarded jointly to Patrick Augustin (Desautels), Gunnar Grass (HEC Montreal), Marti G. Subrahmanyam, Charles E. Merril (New York Stern School of Business)

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Published: 8 Apr 2016

Finance in Emerging Markets

Editor: Vihang Errunza 

Publication: Routledge

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Published: 8 Apr 2016

Obama: ‘No difference between capitalism and communism’

Hard to know what is more shocking: A president of the United States stating in a Buenos Aires speech last week that there is “no difference between capitalism and communism, choose whatever works” (see video link in the endnote) or the fact that this statement has not received coverage.

Reuven Brenner holds the Repap Chair at McGill University’s Desautels faculty of Management. The article draws on his Force of Finance. 

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Published: 6 Apr 2016

Does variance risk have two prices? Evidence from the equity and option markets

Authors: Barras, L., Malkhozov, A.

Publication: Journal of Financial Economics 

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Published: 30 Mar 2016

How government destroys parenthood: Reuven Brenner

Learning from their whooping crane failure?

Birth rates in western countries have declined to far below replacement levels of 2.1. Why did these countries’ last few generations give up having kids?

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Published: 30 Mar 2016

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