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Yeah worked in the industry as well, there's a story an older buddy used to tell when he worked at PIMCO in the 90s. Bit different than a quant fund but still applies. They hired a few Harvard Economics PhDs, who when looking at their macro economics material for institutional investors, claimed it was all wrong/didn't make sense. Bill Gross, the fund manager, told them it was to "get the money in the door from the fucking clients, we make gut bets on the market". Then fired the guy

>Harvard Economics PhDs

tbf, academia is its own racket.

Yeah absolutely, the value of the Harvard PhD in this story is the name and nothing else.

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