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The Jones Family Incorporated

The Scene: It is early evening in the summer of 2018, in an ordinary family room in Manhattan.

Modern furniture, with old copies of The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, scattered around. Autographed photos of Jerome Powell and George Soros are prominently displayed.

A picture window reveals a distant view of lights on the Hudson River. John Jones sits at a com-

puter terminal, glumly sipping a glass of chardonnay and putting on carry trade in Japanese yen

over the Internet. His wife Marsha enters.

Marsha: Hi, honey. Glad to be home. Lousy day on the trading floor, though. Dullsville. No vol-

ume. But I did manage to hedge next year’s production from our copper mine. I couldn’t get a

good quote on the right package of futures contracts, so I arranged a commodity swap.

John doesn’t reply.

Marsha: John, what’s wrong? Have you been selling yen again? That’s been a losing trade for


John: Well, yes. I shouldn’t have gone to Goldman Sachs’s foreign exchange brunch. But I’ve

got to get out of the house somehow. I’m cooped up here all day calculating covariances and

efficient risk-return trade-offs while you’re out trading commodity futures. You get all the

glamour and excitement.

Marsha: Don’t worry, dear, it will be over soon. We only recalculate our most efficient common

stock portfolio once a quarter. Then you can go back to leveraged leases.

John: You trade, and I do all the worrying. Now there’s a rumor that our leasing company is going

to get a hostile takeover bid. I knew the debt ratio was too low, and you forgot to put on the

poison pill. And now you’ve made a negative-NPV investment!

Marsha: What investment?

John: That wildcat oil well. Another well in that old Sourdough field. It’s going to cost $5 million!

Is there any oil down there?