What We Are Reading Today: And Then They Stopped Talking to Me

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Updated 09 May 2020

What We Are Reading Today: And Then They Stopped Talking to Me

Author: Judith Warner

Through the stories of kids and parents in the middle school trenches, a New York Times bestselling author reveals why these years are so painful, how parents unwittingly make them worse, and what we all need to do to grow up.
With piercing insight and compassion, Judith Warner walks “us through a new understanding of the role that middle school plays in all our lives,” said a review in goodreads.com.
Warner argues that today’s “helicopter parents are overly concerned with status and achievement — in some ways a residual effect of their own middle-school experiences — and that this is worsening the self-consciousness, self-absorption and social “sorting” so typical of early adolescence.
Tracing a century of research on middle childhood and bringing together the voices of social scientists, psychologists, educators, and parents, Warner shows how adults can be moral role models for children, making them more empathetic, caring, and resilient.
Shannon Hale said in a review for The New York Times: “Warner gets personal with her tales of middle school woe — both as a former student and as a parent.”


What We Are Reading Today: Quantitative Management of Bond Portfolios

Updated 29 May 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Quantitative Management of Bond Portfolios

Authors: Lev Dynkin, Anthony Gould, Jay Hyman, Vadim Konstantinovsky and Bruce Phelps

The practice of institutional bond portfolio management has changed markedly since the late 1980s in response to new financial instruments, investment methodologies, and improved analytics. Investors are looking for a more disciplined, quantitative approach to asset management. Here, 5 top authorities from a leading Wall Street firm provide practical solutions and feasible methodologies based on investor inquiries. 

While taking a quantitative approach, they avoid complex mathematical derivations, making the book accessible to a wide audience, including portfolio managers, plan sponsors, research analysts, risk managers, academics, students, and anyone interested in bond portfolio management.

The book covers a range of subjects of concern to fixed-income portfolio managers — investment style, benchmark replication and customization, managing credit and mortgage portfolios, managing central bank reserves, and risk optimization.