Michael Lewis, Bill James and Paul DePodesta at the Sloan Sports Analytics conference in Boston.

“It’s time to clam up”. Moneyball. It’s the book that launched a thousand nerds, many of them gathering in Boston last weekend for the tenth Sloan S(...)

Barclays has admitted it broke the law and agreed to pay $70 million

Barclays and Credit Suisse have settled federal and state charges that they misled investors in their dark pools, with Barclays admitting it broke th(...)

There is not a chance the Government will fulfil Philip Lane’s  “hope” that the next government “takes seriously” the need to balance public spending with the need for a “safe level of public debt”.   Picture Jason Clarke.

At the end of the riveting film The Big Short, now showing in Ireland and based on Michael Lewis’s book that charted the spectacular fraud and avarice(...)

Paul DePodesta has excelled is at harvesting the reams of information now available to coaches and scouts. Photograph:  Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

In 2002, Professor David Romer, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote an academic paper for the Journal of Political Economy (...)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on court during game two of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA playoffs. Photograph: Getty Images

Among the deluge of tributes to Kobe Bryant floating around cyberspace now is one tweeted by Shane Battier, one of the few defensive players capable o(...)

Fenway Sports Group sought to introduce a Moneyball strategy when they bought Liverpool in 2010. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

When something in soccer is described in terms of Moneyball, the famous Michael Lewis book, it can provoke suspicion. At times Liverpool have been (...)

Expressway: Hibernia says its service can deliver messages six milliseconds faster than other fibre-optic cables. Illustration: Ben Miners/Ikon/Getty

Prof Pierre Aronnax and his servant Conseil, the heroes of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, spotted one of the first telegraph cables laid acros(...)

Navinder Singh Sarao outside Westminster magistrates’ court, is accused of helping trigger a multibillion-dollar US stock market crash. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Clad in a cheap, unbranded grey sweatshirt and matching tracksuit bottoms, Navinder Singh Sarao sat in silence in the dock of court number five at Wes(...)

  The Mark and the Void: “By the end of reading William D Cohan’s House of Cards you feel like you’ve been trapped in a lift with six Monty Burnses,” says Paul Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most people loved Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies. The energy of its cast of impulsive adolescents, the exuberant detail of its school setting, the fi(...)

There are concerns markets are increasingly being moved by computer algorithms rather than by any fundamental catalyst, resulting in increased volatility and potentially causing instability or even crashes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto There are concerns markets are increasingly being moved by computer algorithms rather than by any fundamental catalyst, resulting in increased volatility and potentially causing instability or even crashes. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The growth of computerised trading has brought obvious benefits to investors. Trading costs have been slashed; complex information is quickly processe(...)