Between the Issues

Squeezing out the Investment Experts

The core problems with central bankers, which have led directly to the catastrophes of the Tech Bust, the Financial Crisis, the pathetically weak recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-​09, and the near-​destruction of the asset management business, are: groupthink, arising out of the fact that every central banker in…

The Frick Pittsburgh Opens “Undressed” with Gala

The Frick Pittsburgh marked the opening of “Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear” with a gala held on the evening of October 19. The sold-​out “Undressed” gala provided four hundred guests the opportunity to experience the blockbuster exhibition before it opened to the public on Saturday, October 21. Gala…

The Fed and Friends

We are talking about the traumatizing events that rocked the asset management business, to say nothing of the world, beginning in 2008, a calamity brought to us courtesy of the world’s central bankers.

Washington & Jefferson College Inaugurates Knapp as 13th President

Washington & Jefferson College inaugurated John C. Knapp, Ph.D., on Oct. 19, 2017 as the institution’s thirteenth president. The ceremony was held at Olin Fine Arts Center on the W&J College campus.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION Ignites the Senses

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ ILLUMINATION ignited the senses: guests reveled in the multi-​sensory environment of light, sound and taste held at LUXE Creative Studio TWO on the evening of October 7.

Miscalculations

I. Through my in-​laws’ breakfast window in the country, the nuthatches roll and bounce and shake spiny winter brambles. Their breasts puffed round as if to fit in the hand of a child. I scrape rings of hardened milk from my coffee mug while I confuse the birds for chickadees…

Investing in a Rigged Market

The asset management business as we know it today got started in the mid-​19th century. The impetus for investment management firms separate from banks arose out of the awkward fact that banks often fail, while asset management firms hardly ever do.

To Experts: a Few Words of Wisdom

by Greg Curtis
“I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty.” –William F. Buckley

Pittsburgh Quarterly Readers’ Top Garden Photos

We asked our readers and the Pittsburgh community to submit photos of their gorgeous gardens and unique backyards. The results are in! Below is a selection of our favorites.

Meet Me at the Station Event Supports Community Revitalization

On the evening of September 30, the Wilkinsburg Train Station lit up with performances of many kinds to promote the revitalization of Wilkinsburg through the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation.

Allegheny Health Network Holds First-​Ever Gala

The Allegheny Health Network “In the Spotlight” Gala was held on Wednesday, September 27 at Stage AE. The Network’s first-​ever gala included a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment by The Elite Show Band.

Back to the Middle Ages: A Century of “Expertism” in America

by Greg Curtis
The vast Federal regulatory apparatus that we know and love today got its start early in the 20th century under President Woodrow Wilson. Appropriately, Wilson was the only President in U.S. history to earn a PhD – he’d been president of Princeton University.

It was a Good Idea in Theory…

by Greg Curtis
Back in 1986 I launched a wealth management firm I conceitedly called “Greycourt” — it’s an anagram for my name. The firm met with modest success and in 1988 I incorporated it. I was probably the most hopeless, bumbling entrepreneur in the history of private enterprise, but somehow I’ve been with Greycourt…

Diamond Horseshoe Ball Kicks Off Pittsburgh Opera’s season

Pittsburgh Opera officially started off its 201718 season with the Diamond Horseshoe Ball at the Omni William Penn on Friday, September 22.

Blue Bra

She was out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square saying no to the theft of her future, her blue bra cupping young breasts, exposed when soldiers bludgeoned her for defending hard-​won revolution, ripped off her concealing abaya, stomped her slender chest. The bright blue bra shining out went viral, proclaimed that under…
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