Who Cares

Having risen by a third since the beginning of 2011 and nearly fivefold since 2004, one analyst believes the precious metal is now in bubble territory and an “absurdity”. “Gold is not money and has no investment yield and in fact incurs carrying/storage costs. With the 10 year US treasury rate at 2 percent and…

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Decision Fatigue

You may want to pay attention to the physical timing of your decisions to enter new trades. Decision fatigue helps explain why ordinarily sensible people get angry at colleagues and families, splurge on clothes, buy junk food at the supermarket and can’t resist the dealer’s offer to rustproof their new car. No matter how rational…

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Outliers

It is now nearly two years since events conspired in such a way as to send bushfires of unparalleled size and ferocity across Victoria. The time between then and now has been spent dissecting why the fires were so bad, our response so inadequate and how to avoid such an occurrence in the future. To…

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More Money Than God

Just working my way through this book by Sebastian Mallabywho does a good job of not only taking you through the complexities of the world of hedge funds but also introducing some seriously odd but talented people. For example I had no idea that Alfred Winslow the founder of the first ever true hedge fund…

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Gold

Here is one of those charts courtesy of JP Morgan that look interesting but which I never really understand the value of. Whilst history is interesting I am uncertain as to the relevance to traders of inflation adjusted charts since I dont know anyone who is interested in holding gold for 40 years. Unless you…

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Physicists

As tenure disappeared and research jobs became harder financial markets became a a fertile job market for newly minted Ph.D physicists who equipped with very powerful mathematical toolboxes set about conquering the market. This piece by SCiAM is more a fluff piece rather than anything concrete but it does give these blokes some good PR.…

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