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On rational thinking. Rationality is overrated.

Rationality is overrated. On rational thinking. A few months ago I was asked to address an audience of budding actuaries. As I spoke to them about model building, I touched upon the fatal attraction of rationality in making bigger choices and decisions. Of how it deceives

50 seconds before 50.

50 seconds before 50. Or the inspiration to climb a personal Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail that couldn’t be. The route to Rakaposhi base camp (elevation 4,000 meters) through Hunza (elevation 2,000 meters), Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. I turned 45 last month. August 2015 I was in a

Abdul Mueed Baloch. Sprinter. Rock Star.

Dalmia Dreaming. 24th April 2016. Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad. I had never seen so many Pakistani flags walking around in a stadium before. This was the field where dreams came to live and die, where training and talent met the tartan track. I had been following

Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on his visit to the Pentagon

Who will speak for the Kingdom?

Who will speak for the Kingdom? Bloomberg’ 21st April piece on His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) makes for an interesting read. It is the latest in a series of profiles that paint a portrait of the prince with unfettered access. Access that

Market volatility. Are markets more volatile today?

Market Volatility – Are markets more volatile today? 2016 edition. I have been spending a great deal of time thinking about market volatility recently. Market volatility has many faces but there are two specific ones that interest traders. If you trade options for a living,

The evolution of Bank Stress Test.

Bank Stress Test. A changing model. Bank failures are such a traumatic event for society. Think of bank failure and the first few images that come to our mind are tragedy and social upheaval. Pre 2008 our generation had only heard of the great depression.

Credit Memo. Tips for credit committee presentations

Presenting credit memo for credit committee approval The credit committee or loan committee review meeting is the final trial by fire for the loan proposal (credit memo) prepared by the loan officer and the credit analyst.  While credit risk as a function and a business

Six years.

Six years. It was a class room in Uris Hall. On the third floor during Don Sexton’s course on international marketing. Late night around 9 pm on a Thursday after the halfway point break to steal a few slices of pizza from the happy hour

Why you should attempt things that scare you?

Maths or Computer Science? Running into the Wall

Maths or Computer Science. Running into the Wall. Or why as a teenager you should do doing things that scare you. I was 19 years old. It was a warm November afternoon. I couldn’t figure out how to answer the question staring back at me

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