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Would you be interested in a weekly topic challenge?

What is it? Basically, every week we choose a topic to focus on and everyone tries to pitch in by asking a question on that topic. See this SO blog post about it:

The Jewish Life and Learning community employs a unique means of encouraging a stream of new topics: their weekly topic challenge. It’s simple, yet effective: users propose topics on meta, which are voted up or down based on what other users would like to answer, and the week’s topic is announced through a separate meta thread every week.

Choosing a new theme each week is a tactic that works. I know that, personally, there are sites where I’d love to contribute more, but sometimes coming up with a question can be tough. These topic prompts can break this writer’s block and nudge users into articulating what it is they want to ask. Trying to come up with a single question among the many possibilities of a site’s scope is overwhelming sometimes.

Just a few suggestions for what our topics could be:

  • Asset Allocation
  • Algorithmic Trading
  • Options Theory

Pretty much any of our major tags could be a "topic" for the weekly challenge. If you like this idea and you think you would participate, then up-vote this post. If you have specific recommendations or suggestions for topics, please submit them below and we can vote on them as a group.

UPDATE: I think I will do it, but starting early next year to avoid the year-end lull in traffic. Please add more of your topic suggestions for future weeks.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sounds great! I second that this can work. $\endgroup$ – Bob Jansen Dec 19 '11 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ agreed........... $\endgroup$ – Ram Ahluwalia Dec 19 '11 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Yep great idea. $\endgroup$ – SRKX Dec 22 '11 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ Great idea..... $\endgroup$ – Shane Jan 3 '12 at 1:26
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Asset allocation

Asset allocation is a deep and wide topic that has not seen much activity yet.

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Your list is a great starting point.

A few more:

  • Money management
  • Risk management (e.g. VaR)
  • Optimization methods
  • Transaction Cost Analysis
  • Anomalies (e.g. momentum)
  • Market microstructure theory (e.g. order book dynamics)
  • Other derivatives (swaps, swaptions, ...)
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