Website Best Use & Caveats
To use our website effectively, browse the examples to trigger your imagination about how you might use THINKSheet to visualize your personal thought process. All our systems consist of digital modules that you can reuse and recombine in many ways. You can select and link the model frameworks, metrics and algorithms that best meet your specific needs. The systems on the THINKSheet website include Equities, Real Estate, Global Macro, China and Energy.
You will find the appearance of inconsistencies and unstated assumptions in some models used as illustrations of THINKSheet. One reason is that the standards required for effective communication are much lower for small, close-knit teams using TST internally and for firms distributing their research to clients. Two examples are our small Energeia / THINKSheet team working closely together to trade oil futures and Morgan Stanley distributing TST-based research reports to hundreds of clients.
Our Energeia / THINKSheet team members are in constant contact by email, telephone, WebEx and conference call; consequently the level of shared knowledge is very high, so many decisions can be made rapidly “on the fly” without taking the time to update the models at every step.
Morgan Stanley needed to make the THINKSheet models’ content and results stand on their own for presentation to many clients; thus it needed to supplement the THINKSheet models with detailed descriptions of their methodology, assumptions, and metrics. This information is far beyond the level suitable for the THINKSheet website, and some of it is proprietary.
The main reason there appear to be inconsistencies and unstated assumptions in the examples on our website is that they are drawn from a range of TST projects based on different models, so there will inevitably be inconsistencies; and it would be inappropriate and distracting to specify the assumptions of all these models.