About

Eight Fat Swine is a blog mainly about experience and adaptation. Seems to me that relatively healthy people behave irrationally across many settings, not just in markets, and that descriptive models like behavioral economics are inadequate in fostering lasting adaptive change.

The name of the blog is the price someone once paid for a single bulb at the height of Tulipmania as depicted in Mackay’s classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

I’m Phil Pearlman and I am the Chief Community Officer at StockTwits.

Previously, I was Director of Marketing at Bank OZK and Interactive Editor at Yahoo Finance where I created the Contributors Program. Before that, I was the Executive Editor at StockTwits.

I invest in digital companies at all stages of development and am obsessed with the psychological aspects of investor behavior, user experience and online community development.

I ran a long/short equity hedge fund which focused on behavioral strategies and currently run a private account. I began trading back in the day with a Datek account and an attitude.

I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Argosy University and a BA in English from the University of Maryland.

I live with my wife and two boys in Montebello, New York.