Awesome Video! Nassim Taleb on Risk and Fragility


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I believe the event took place in December 2011. After personally watching the entire video, there was no indication of the timing (not that it matters).

Below is Nassim Taleb’s lengthy presentation on risk and anti-fragility. As stated 100 times, every ValueWalk reader is required to read his masterpiece and best-seller, The Black Swan.

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The video mostly consists of Q&A.

Taleb discusses how he knew the banking system would blow up.

Talks about volatility and who gains from it, such as the traders in the US

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