This Week: Infinite Leverage

Story of The Week

New-brokerage-firm-kid-on-the-block, Robinhood, made news this week when a merry group of traders found and exploited a bug in Robinhood’s software allowing them to create infinite leverage in their accounts.

The forum, Reddit, where much of the discussion around the glitch has taken place — described the bug as an “infinite money cheat code.” How infinite is infinite? One user with $4,000 in their account was able to ratchet up their borrowing to $1,000,000. Robinhood has since been able to close the loophole, but now has drawn the ire of the regulators who are particularly unhappy about the prospects of individuals ratcheting up their borrowing to unsustainable levels saying, “Sorry folks, we only allow our government to do that.” (joke)

Chart of the Week: GOAT

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s best friend and business partner, taught Warren that investing could scale. That’s how Buffett made >$100bn. Jim Simons never figured out how to scale Medallion (capped at $10bn). Simons’ returns are insane. But Buffett is still the GOAT for how long he’s been able to deliver, and figuring out how to scale. (Translation: Greatest Of All Time)

source: twitter

Our Top Picks This Week

All the things that really happens to your body when you run a 100-mile marathon – Quartz

The economics of an ageing (those crazy brits) population – (Podcast) Vox Talks — This one is really nerdy, but the stats are unbelievable

What Would Happen If the Internet Went Down … Forever? – Popular Mechanics

The US needs more skilled immigrants from two countries – Bloomberg

Goodbye Honey-Do List, Hello Shared Labor App – WSJ

A breakthrough in battery technology could cut charge times from 75 minutes to 10!! -Telegraph

Is ditching meat a “game-changer” for your health? – Dr. Peter Attia

4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers’ Productivity By 40%, Microsoft Japan Says – NPR

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