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post #8731 of 11202
Weird day when COP, RDSA, BP end down and CVX XOM end up...
post #8732 of 11202
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Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post

Jesus this pain seems to never end. I mean even my Canadian index, like the entire market is down 3-4% in a single day. So many companies down hard wow.

Constellation software might be worth a buy on this little blip of a month. They have been on a tear otherwise.
post #8733 of 11202
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

When I had to actually learn to manipulate data sets for grad school back in the 90s it seemed there was only SAP and SAS. Has that changed?

 

 

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Originally Posted by otc View Post


SAP? I think you must be thinking of something different. SAP makes enterprise software, customized to your needs--since you are in healthcare, I'd compare them to something like Epic Systems (maker of hospital/healthcare backend software) but for normal businesses. They will build your company a full enterprise IT solution that includes HR, Billing, Customer Management, logistics, etc. Oracle's enterprise business is probably their primary competitor (with products like PeopleSoft).

SAS is a stats package/programming language. They have some more integrated analytics solutions, but nothing like SAP does.
Perhaps you are thinking of Stata or SPSS (or S+) which have been around for a long time and would most definitely have been what you used in grad school. SPSS leans a little more toward the social sciences/survey data and might have been popular in your program.

Nowadays, SAS is still huge, but R is taking over in teaching academic settings (SAS costs $$$$$, R is free). Stata's still big, although I don't foresee them holding on unless they make some changes, especially in the "big data" future.
R is a cool project...but a shitty programming language. It can do a lot and has a great community, but as someone who is familiar with other languages, R always bothers me (though I can't claim to be an expert, I am primarily a SAS user).

 

SAS and SPSS for the old schoolers.  Matlab for engineers doing signals/systems.  Newer folks learning R.  Python is coming around with the numpy and the others.

 

Python > all.

post #8734 of 11202
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post


My friends in finance keep saying that we made it through 2008 and we're still vertical. Granted, I was 25 back then and I'm not exactly getting younger. I'm not planning to add to TSLA or change anything in how my non-fun money is managed. I'd prolly suggest more duh things like fixed yield stuff, but I'm assuming that's going to be the de-facto case anyway. I have a meeting with the local office on Monday - my lazy ass's first since moving to California, so we'll see what they say.

 

Ask about total asset swap and see what they can offer you.

 

p.s., surprised your friends in finance r saying we are still vertical after a flat 2015.  are they in banking or investments? banking side its all rosy with the late cycle deal flows...

post #8735 of 11202
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Ask about total asset swap and see what they can offer you.

p.s., surprised your friends in finance r saying we are still vertical after a flat 2015.  are they in banking or investments? banking side its all rosy with the late cycle deal flows...

Vertical in the not physically dead sense/we still have a roof over our heads after what was (hopefully) a far worse 2008/9, not as in 2015 was awesome return wise.
post #8736 of 11202
We could all just buy powerball tickets...

By my estimation, we are looking at an expected value of $1.80 on a ticket that costs $2. That's for lump sum, minus taxes, minus a chance that you might have to split the prize, plus the expected value of non-jackpot prizes.

-10% returns don't look so bad right now.
post #8737 of 11202
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

We could all just buy powerball tickets...

By my estimation, we are looking at an expected value of $1.80 on a ticket that costs $2. That's for lump sum, minus taxes, minus a chance that you might have to split the prize, plus the expected value of non-jackpot prizes.

-10% returns don't look so bad right now.

I found some change in my drawer and bought two tickets.

 

Expecting roughly the same kind of return as my oil stocks lol.

post #8738 of 11202
Down -6.64% since Jan. 1 in my all-stock 401k. foo.gif
post #8739 of 11202
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Weird day when COP, RDSA, BP end down and CVX XOM end up...

Another up day for XOM and down day for RDS.A. Had sold RDS to harvest tax losses in December and bought XOM to maintain my long oil exposure. Made the switch back today at $39.30.
post #8740 of 11202
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Another up day for XOM and down day for RDS.A. Had sold RDS to harvest tax losses in December and bought XOM to maintain my long oil exposure. Made the switch back today at $39.30.

Good move. 

post #8741 of 11202
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Originally Posted by MSchapiro View Post

Good move. 

Sold Vale for BHP at the same time (cash would've been the wiser move). Now trying to determine when / if to make the switch back into Vale.
post #8742 of 11202

Taking a very small position in Powerball.  Its going to be the next Unicorn.  Another fool stumbled into a gold mine strategy like many companies in the Valley.

post #8743 of 11202
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Taking a very small position in Powerball.  Its going to be the next Unicorn.  Another fool stumbled into a gold mine strategy like many companies in the Valley.

If you take the pay-out, after taxes, you'd come out ahead if you picked every combination unless more than 1 other person did as well. Given an estimated 1 billion ticket sales, we can assume ~3 different tickets will win (assuming it's truly random).

Now, if the three of you all chose the annuity, and accounting for taxes, all of you would still come out ahead. Better than this, no?:

post #8744 of 11202
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Originally Posted by ramuman View Post

If you take the pay-out, after taxes, you'd come out ahead if you picked every combination unless more than 1 other person won. Given an estimated 1 billion ticket sales, we can assume ~3 different tickets will win (assuming it's truly random).

Now, if the three of you all chose the annuity, and accounting for taxes, all of you would still come out ahead. Better than this, no?:


Dude, have you not been paying attention to FB? It doesn't matter who wins, we're all getting $4.33 million and a mule.
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Dude, have you not been paying attention to FB? It doesn't matter who wins, we're all getting $4.33 million and a mule.

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