Category Archives: Must reads

Books and articles that are too good to be unaware of!

Toezicht op financiële instellingen Curaçao is te vrijblijvend


Authors:  Servaas Houben, Ronald Ketellapper[1] Link: ‘Toezicht op financiële instellingen Curaçao is te vrijblijvend’ (deachterkantvancuracao.blogspot.com) Publisher, publication date: De achterkant van Curacao, 8 May 2021 Het toezicht in Curaçao is volgens de auteurs verouderd en houdt onvoldoende rekening met de risico’s waaraan … Continue reading

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Thomas Piketty – Capital in the twenty-first century


The arrival of Thomas Piketty in Holland had primary the effect of stigmatization: politicians on the left wholeheartedly agreed with his conclusions while politicians on the right either completely ignored him or pretended that his conclusions were not applicable in … Continue reading

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan


Abstract – why read this book? Taleb’s book is a claim against the rationalisation and mis-use of mathematics in economics and finance (called scientism by Hayek). He provides a fresh non-Anglo view on finance, which has been dominated by the … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman – The conscience of a liberal


Abstract In this forward looking book Krugman already predicted in 2007 a swing to a more liberal/Democratic perspective which indeed happened in the US elections of 2008. Krugman gives an impressive historical overview of US politics over the last 150 … Continue reading

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Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow


In a world where fast decision making and decisiveness are seen as vital skills, thinking slow might not be an attractive habit. However, Kahneman shows in his book that intuition can be misleading and hence thinking slow is not a … Continue reading

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