The 99 best things that happened in 2017

An incredible year for global health 1. This year, the World Health Organisation unveiled a new vaccine that’s cheap and effective enough to end cholera, one of humanity’s greatest ever killers. New York Times 2. Cancer deaths have dropped by 25% in the United States since 1991, saving more than 2 million lives. Breast cancer deaths have fallen…

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Superannuation RipOff

According to the media and no doubt fuelled by press releases from the industry itself, superannuation funds are run by geniuses.We know this because they have been trumpeting the fact that they have a a not so crappy year. Note, they have not had a brilliant year where the majority of funds out performed the…

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Living In The Past

The old aphorism of a picture paints a thousand words is like most sayings chronically overused but sometimes a simple graphic comes along that explains the future with remarkable clarity. The following chart is one such image. Source – Medium The fall in both jobs and oil rigs in 2015 was a function of the…

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122 Years of Dow Returns

The following graphic looks at 122 years of Dow Returns. You can find the original here at Albert Bridge Capital. Initially it looks like another infographic that looks pretty but doesn’t say much. However, there are are some interesting points to be drawn from spending a bit of time simply looking at the data. The…

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Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence

“Be more confident,” a friend once told me as we made the rounds at a swanky networking event where I felt terribly out of place. Faking confidence is easy: I pulled my shoulders back and spoke louder and with more assertiveness. Like many soft-spoken, mild-mannered people, I’ve spent a great deal of time trying to…

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Tis The Season To Be An Idiot

For those of you who waste your time following the financial press you will have undoubtedly noticed that the various guru predictions for the year ahead are starting to flood in. If you take them with anything more than a pinch of salt I offer to you the following. This is John Boorman excellent recently…

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The Dark Side of Resilince

Resilience, defined as the psychological capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events, is a highly sought-after personality trait in the modern workplace. As Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant argue in their recent book, we can think of resilience as a sort of muscle that contracts during good times and expands during bad…

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There’s Never Been A Better Time To Buy A $50 Million NYC Dream Pad

Apparently its true……. Gazillionaires rejoice! If you’re in the market for a piece of ultra-luxury Big Apple real estate—you’re totally in luck. An unprecedented wave of deep discounts across the New York City region means that the city’s priciest pads are now available at lower—though not exactly low—prices. The market for deeply-discounted penthouses wasn’t always so…

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Another Day Another Strategy

One of the difficulties that new investors face is the extraordinary range of investing strategies that are presented to them. These strategies are often presented as gospel from what new traders would perceive to be sources of authority. One of the oldest chestnuts that I absolutely abhor is the notion of dollar cost averaging which…

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Do You Make This Trading Mistake? by Louise Bedford

Yeah, yeah… usually I’m saying “Move, Act, Hurry”… but today, I want to consider the power of putting on the brake. Generally, procrastination is the language of the poor. It’s a key difference between the way the rich and the poor think. The rich aim to learn a new skill, implement it immediately, and reinforce…

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