Depressing Stat of the Day

The following quote is from an excellent long form article on the opioid crisis in the US. Nevertheless, pain research remains startlingly underfunded and undervalued. In American medical schools, the average number of teaching hours on pain is nine; in the average veterinarian curriculum, it’s forty-five. More here – Harpers Magazine

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At the end of a two-day investment conference sponsored by Dimensional Fund Advisors in Los Angeles last month, I couldn’t stop squirming. The final workshop included a slide show highlighting articles from major business publications across the country conveying a range of dire investment messages. Some spouted warnings of impending market calamity. Others urged investors…

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4 of the Best Trading Psychology Books to read in 2018

“OK Louise, if you’re such a freaking saint, then why don’t you give away your trading knowledge for free?” Yes, that’s an actual email I received. Hint: He didn’t really use the word ‘freaking’. 2nd hint: He did use a word that started with ‘f’. I’ll let you decide which one. Firstly, thanks for your…

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More Fun With Gold and the AUD

Whilst I am on the topic of correlations and returns Yahoo Finance does offer the capacity via their charting program to compare various instruments and get a sense of their relative returns. In the chart below I have compared the AUD/USD to SPDR Gold Trust ETF and GOLD a local gold ETF. You can make up…

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You Get Dumb When You’re Stressed

PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES HAVE shown that when you’re under high stress, you get dumber. It can be difficult to remember what to do, or if you remember what actions you’d planned on taking, when you’re under pressure to act. That’s why so many people have trouble trading when they don’t have a written trading plan. It’s also…

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Is This All There Is?

WAKE-UP, GO TO work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up,…

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What’s Your Currency?

“OH LOUISE… YOU DON’T understand the plight of being a beautiful woman.” She closed her exquisite eyes and two delicate tears rolled down her cheeks. Beautiful ex-model, Lisa, had come to me for sharemarket training… or so I thought. In reality she wanted me to rescue her. She’d lost $650,000 of her pilot-husband’s Superannuation money…

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Bragging Rights: Does Corporate Boasting Imply Value Creation?

Abstract We examine all S&P 500 firms over 1999-2014 that publicly characterize their annual performance with extreme positive language. We find that only 18% of such firms increase shareholder value, while nearly 75% have insignificant performance, and the remaining 7% actually destroy shareholder value. Our evidence suggests that firms often base their positive claims on…

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Goldilocks: getting short exposure on the ASX

 We’ve asked our friend, Matt Leibowitz from to write another article for us all. We like Matt, respect his views, and are behind his plan to give Australian traders better, more affordable access to the US markets. Here’s what he has to say: As I’m writing this, we’re at a precipice. The US markets are…

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Correlation between Gold and The AUD

I got an email over the weekend asking about the correlation if any between gold and the AUD and to be honest I didnt know if there was any relationship between the two other than the long bow stories generated by economists. So I decided to have  look. Whenever you start to look at the…

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5 Best Trading Books of 2018

While working in my garden, over the fence, here is a conversation uttered by the nice neighbours who live over our back fence: “Well… what do you think they do?” “It’s either got to be drugs, or they’ve worked out a scam.” “What… like a welfare scam?” “Yeah… ‘cos they’re always home or going to…

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Best Trading Books for Beginners

Beginning your trading education and starting to trade can cause a bucket-load of stress in some people. They get overwhelmed. There is just so much to do. It’s so hard to know where to begin, especially if you’re trying to choose the right trading books to get you off to an excellent start. I don’t…

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