Category: Investing

  • Step 1: Giving the outline to AI

    This post begins documenting my experience of writing a book with AI. As mentioned in my last post, I had submitted a traditional book proposal to a major publisher in October 2008 and was turned down because I was not a celebrity. Also, the stock markets had dropped almost ten percent in a single day,…

  • I asked AI to write the book I never got around to

    One of the most intriguing aspects of the current wave of generative AI tools is speed: vast amounts of text can be generated in seconds. Why not write an entire book with the help of AI? In 2008 I enjoyed a bustling career as a freelance financial writer, addressing topics like retirement investing, wealth management,…

  • Ways to use generative AI text in marketing

    You are probably not old enough to remember the introduction of pocket calculators in the 1960s/70s. The widely shared worry was that people and especially children would forget how to multiply and perform other basic mathematical operations. Instead, what happened was that people forgot the drudgery of long division and operations on larger numbers (“seven…

  • Q & AI

    Q & AI

    As a freelance financial writer, I was curious about the threat of my imminent obsolescence with the arrival of ChatGPT and similar generative AI chatbots. In an informal experiment, I asked ChatGPT a few questions that are typical of the kind of questions I answer in my freelance assignments, which consist largely of topics in…

  • Books read in 2015

    Books read in 2015

    Obviously I read far too few books this year. From the best to the least best: Ben Yagoda, The B-side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song A very interesting history of the evolution of popular American music, particularly with its insights in the twenty years following World War II. Tom…

  • Big themes at Morningstar Investment Conference 2012

    Several themes emerged at last week’s Morningstar Investment Conference: Don’t panic 1: “It’s hard to imagine the Eurozone coming apart” (Michael Hasenstab, Franklin Templeton) Don’t panic 2: “For China to experience a hard landing would require two unlikely near-term events… a massive overtightening error, and a banking crisis” (Michael Hasenstab, Franklin Templeton) The best growth…