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Newsletter 221: November 5, 2018


The Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School
Welcome to the Center for Decision Sciences' Weekly Newsletter. Below you can find a list of events of interest.

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Seminars of Interest at Columbia

Monday November 5th

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm - 1101 IAB
Economic Theory Workshop - Mira Frick (Yale)
Misinterpreting Others and the Fragility of Social Learning (with Ryota Iijima and Yuhta Ishii)

Tuesday November 6th

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Uris 140
PhD Student Seminar - Kerry Yang
Investment Banking and the Market for New Bonds

Wednesday November 7th

4:05 pm to 5:45 pm - 1101 IAB
Applied Microeconomics: Environment, Health, Labor, and Public Finance Seminar - Enrico Moretti
The Geography of the High Tech Sector and its Effects on Innovation in the U.S.: Evidence from Top Inventors

Thursday November 8th

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 330
Finance Seminar - David Scharfstein (Harvard University)
Title Not Available

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm - Uris 306
Microeconomics Faculty Lunch - Charles Angelucci
Title Not Available

Seminars of Interest at NYU

Tuesday November 6th

12:30pm to 2:00pm - 6 Washington Place, Room 551
Social Program Brown Bag - Shigehiro Oishi (University of Virginia)
What is a good life?

Friday November 9th 

12:00pm to 1:30pm - 6 Washington Place, Room 551
Developmental Social Cognition Talk - Sydney Levine (MIT)
The Use of Moral Rules and Representations

Article of the Week
Why ultra-low fees can be a serious red flag for unwary ETF investors
The No. 1 rule for long-term individual investors picking funds used to be simple: look for low fees, also known as low expense ratios. Investors do get rewards from very low fees — but they should also watch out for higher, hidden fees in the same funds, as well as strategies that lure investors into higher-priced products or into paying more for advice. Instead of asking about low fees alone, ask what you are paying over 10 years, including all fees. "What is the cost, all in, for 10 years?" said Eric Johnson, Director of the Center for Decision Sciences. Investors should also watch out for marketing strategies that get you in the door on a low-fee fund and later sell you into high-fee products and services. "There's a sense in which index funds or target-date funds have become the standard," said Johnson. "They are like milk and bread in the grocery store. It means the firms are making money other places." 

This newsletter is cosponsored by the Center for Decision Sciences and the Decision Making & Negotiations Area.

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