Ron Rimkus, CFA

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Ron Rimkus, CFA, is a content director at CFA Institute, where he focuses on economics and alternative investments. Previously, he served as CEO at the online technology company he founded, Chaos Management, Inc. Prior to founding Chaos Management, Rimkus served as director of large-cap equity products for BB&T Asset Management, where he led a team of research analysts, regional portfolio managers, client service specialists, and marketing staff. He also served as a senior vice president and lead portfolio manager of large-cap equity products at Mesirow Financial. Rimkus earned a bachelor of arts holds a BA in economics from Brown University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Topical Expertise: Alternative Investments · Economics

Everything Is a Meme

Everything Is a Meme

When certain memes appeal to our belief system, we expose ourselves to a wide range of behavioral psychology problems ranging from confirmation bias, to framing, to social proof, to authority influence, to meme validation, to cognitive dissonance. The list goes on and on. In short, a well-constructed meme can make us gullible. Read more

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Turning Points: Abenomics Sputters, German Bond Yields Fall

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abenomics looks shaky as Japan revised 2014 second quarter GDP growth down to −7.1% on the heels of its escalating sales tax (from 5 to 8%). Ominously, consumer prices are rising but wages are declining in real terms (by roughly 6%), creating significant difficulties for the Japanese economy. Should this trend continue, Japan could find itself in a crisis of epic proportions. Read more

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