The program Nova on PBS featured a documentary called Mind Over Markets this week. The subject: the raging battle between the proponents of efficient markets and the behavioral school that holds that markets are driven by emotions. Grab a bowl of popcorn and watch the video here. (Unfortunately, the video seems to be accessible only from US-based IP addresses).
On a more depressing note, a reader wanted to highlight a documentary called Food Inc. that was recently featured on CBC’s The Passionate Eye. Let’s just say that you won’t see vegetables and meat arranged neatly in the local supermarket in the same light again. The entire movie (93 min. long) is available here. You may want to skip the popcorn for this one though.
I once almost bought a penny stock called Valdo Technology International (VTI on the Venture Exchange), which has the same ticker symbol as Vanguard Total Market ETF (VTI on NYSE Arca). Preet says a mistake like this is called a fat finger trade.