Eric Madsen

Author's details

Name: Eric Madsen
Date registered: December 16, 2010
URL: http://www.fulcrum.com

Biography

Mr. Madsen is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a Manager at Fulcrum Inquiry, a finance and economics consulting firm that performs economic damages analysis involving commercial litigation, financial investigations, business valuations, and forensic accounting. He also holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in Economics. He conducts expert analysis in finance and economics. Mr. Madsen may be contacted at 213.787.4122 or at emadsen@fulcrum.com.

Latest posts

  1. Government shutdown great for some businesses — October 7, 2013
  2. It costs $241,080 to raise a child and other reasons why averages can be completely uninformative — October 2, 2013
  3. In a reversal of predictions, typing has replaced speaking — September 23, 2013
  4. How the information age might have doomed REI’s generous returns policy — September 19, 2013
  5. Housing starts stop — July 22, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Ever heard of “Qwikster”? Netflix makes a dreadful business decision. — 9 comments
  2. Would downgraded U.S. debt still proxy the risk free rate? — 7 comments
  3. Iron Rice Bowls: The Next Big Import — 4 comments
  4. A Ponzi scheme to make Bernie Madoff blush — 2 comments
  5. A massive sample size should invite a critical eye, not instill confidence — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 07

Government shutdown great for some businesses

I’m occasionally surprised by the variety of anecdotes that support theories of market efficiency and the rapid adaptation of consumer behavior in free economies. The recent government shutdown seems to have introduced one such case. CBS reports that traffic is suddenly booming for “sugar daddy” websites. The news organization quotes folks at seekingarrangement.com and whatsyourprice.com …

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Oct 02

It costs $241,080 to raise a child and other reasons why averages can be completely uninformative

A popular news service reported that it costs $241,080 to raise a child and then remarked, “the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can’t keep up with.” The news agency cites falling wages and lower employment rates as support for this struggle to keep up. A host of …

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Sep 23

In a reversal of predictions, typing has replaced speaking

When I was in junior high school in the early 90’s, my typing teacher mournfully predicted that typing would soon become an obsolete skill. Before long, computers would type as we dictated. Her prediction was not uncommon at the time. Many were enthralled by the ability of computers to understand and type out spoken words. …

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Sep 19

How the information age might have doomed REI’s generous returns policy

REI, a retailer of outdoors equipment and clothing, has ended its extremely generous merchandise returns policy. This policy allowed customers to return any REI product, no matter how much time had passed since the date of purchase, no matter the condition of the returned product, and with or without a receipt. REI’s generosity earned it …

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Jul 22

Housing starts stop

Housing’s decline drove the economy into the ground six years ago. In recent months, many have hoped that housing’s return is a sign of broad economic recovery. The picture has been rosy. The National Association of Realtors reported 21% growth in the median sales price of new homes over the two year period that ended …

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Jun 25

Should we be using Latin for “the new normal”?

Lawyers love Latin and are known for using such phrases, shall we say, ad nauseum. Which is why I’m surprised I haven’t noticed one using Latin for “the new normal.” Instead, they’re just using “the new normal.” Perhaps it’s because attorneys reserve Latin only for topics they enjoy explaining to others. But “the new normal” …

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Jun 21

Distribution of world’s 12 million millionaires still favors U.S.

The Economist’s chart of the day shows millionaire population counts for the twelve countries that boast the most millionaires (measured in USD). The United States dominates this comparison, with 3.4 million millionaires, nearly twice the number of millionaires in the second place country, Japan. Of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China), which many …

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Jun 14

Time to start teaching basic personal finance in high schools

A recent survey discussed here found that a surprising number of college graduates regret their decision to attend college. Not that it wasn’t lots of fun. Plenty of that. Not that lectures lacked stimulating learning. Ample stimulation. It was all good, just obscenely overpriced. The world has no shortage of buyer’s remorse. But typically the …

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May 24

The painful post-graduation hangover not from last night’s party

College grads are waking up the day after graduation to a nasty hangover and stinging slap of reality. Yes, the last four years were a fantastic experience. But, wow, they were expensive. Some recent betweenthenumbers posts have explored the cost-benefit tradeoff of a college education (see here and here). Researchers are not the only ones who are …

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May 14

Sports cars, 3D televisions, and education

Sports cars and 3D televisions are unprofitable investments.  They cost money at the outset and keep draining cash thereafter.  So why would anyone want to invest in such things?  Easy: sports cars and TVs are more concerned with pleasure and satisfaction than they are with financial return.  Recognizing this, it seems odd to even characterize …

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