How Sustainable is the World as a System?

Corporate sustainability, social responsibility and sustainability in general are trendy subjects nowadays. There exist numerous programmes, institutes and research centers dedicated to the subject of sustainability. One aspect such initiatives have in common is that they don’t provide measures of sustainability. On some occasions an index or a score is defined, whereby experts in different…

Investing Based on Systemic Analysis of Markets

Suppose that one wishes to invest in US public companies and eventually two candidate portfolios are available. Suppose that both portfolios are built on companies having a resilience that is higher than that of the entire system of US public companies. The plot below indicates the resilience and complexity of this system which comprises over…

Greece. Brutum Fulmen?

The GDP of Greece accounts for a very small percentage of that of the Eurozone. And yet, the magnitude of the reaction that the Greek crisis is inducing in the markets and in the media is certainly out of proportion. The amount of market capitalization that has been lost in the past few days exceeds…

Major Stock Markets: Is A Crash Imminent?

Over the past few months stock markets have been registering very positive performance. Some analysts claim the markets are in a bubble condition. Bubbles can emerge from cognitive biases, herd behaviour and involve positive feedback loops which accelerate bubble growth. The S&P, for example, has tripled since its low in 2009. Since the 1990s, the…

Is a Huge Stock Market Crash Imminent?

Blog written on January 12-th, 2015. In a recent article “Why The Next Stock Market Crash Will Happen Any Day Now”  it is claimed that a massive stock market crash (down by 50%) will happen any day now. Based on past crash patterns it is said that we are on the verge of another huge…

Are We Facing a New Collapse?

A quick look at the resilience of the major indices on December 19-th, 2014. The analysis is performed on a daily basis, we report the situation we have registered after the markets closed yesterday. EU: FTSE.MIB – 63.7% SSMI – 81.5% FTSE – 64.5% CAC40 – 44.6% DAX30 – 76.3%   Asia: HSI – 68.9%…