Current Issue of ai5000: Black Swan Author Nassim Taleb Compares Buffett and Soros

'There is Not Enough Evidence that Buffett's Success Isn't By Chance'

Feb 08, 2010, 10:16 ET from ai5000

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In the current issue of ai5000, now online, Black Swan author Nassim Taleb states that George Soros has far more statistical evidence than Warren Buffett that his results are not by chance.

Taleb told editor Kip McDaniel in an ai5000 "Interrogation" interview that "Soros is vastly more robust. I am not saying Buffett doesn't have skill – I'm just saying we don't have enough evidence to say Buffett isn't doing it by chance."

Taleb also talked to McDaniel about journalism. "I enjoy some journalists, but journalism itself is the problem," he said, noting that journalists "have all the data/noise, but never talk about the elephant in the room. They miss it."

Taleb maintained that the quality of the UK press is much higher than the American press. "In America, [editors] reduce dimensionality; they are all programmed to write the same," he observed. "They want the illusion of control, just as they do on Wall Street."

The Taleb "Interrogation" interview also includes Taleb's frank summary of six problems faced by Fed chairman Bernanke.

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