I am currently involved deeply in the esoterica of CDOs, CDSs, bond insurance, default risk, off shore re-insurance and whole bunch of things which I find quite interesting. Hey I dig simplifying complicated problems and this one is a $2.3 trillion issue that is going to be hitting home soon. Write to me if you want to learn more.
Problem solving and thinking laterally and counterfactually are the skills of a good investor. On that vein here is some cool stuff I looked at this weekend. Step ells in India. Here are some large infrastrucure projects from the past that served important functional and social needs in a culture now gone. Cultures change and evolve over time, Today's american would find the average 1950's american to be similar to someone from a different english speaking country, different experiences, beliefs, behaviours and expectations.