The Invention Of Retirement

In 1890, Haber writes, only a quarter of aged workers called themselves “permanently nonemployed.” Those who were often faced harsh conditions. Many in industrialized cities had no family resources to depend on, and, at best, might hope for help from a charitable group or old age home. To protect older workers from this fate, employers…

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The Hidden Danger of Being Risk-Averse

People are generally not all that happy about risk. As Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written, “For most people, the fear of losing $100 is more intense than the hope of gaining $150. [Amos Tversky and I] concluded from many such observations that ‘losses loom larger than gains’ and that people are loss averse.”…

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Lessons From Losing Big

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars is easily one of the most underrated investment books I’ve come across. The book was actually first published in the early 1990s but re-released a few years ago. It tells the story of Jim Paul, a former futures trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange who made a sizeable…

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Well….Im Confused

So I was sitting in the car listening to the radio and all the chatter was about the current crisis in the diary industry which people seem to be suggesting is the result of corporate bastardry on behalf of groups like Fonterra. At the outset I have to state that I know nothing about primary…

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Dow Component Changes

I am still beavering away looking at changes in the S&P/ASX200 over time – it is a time consuming exercise as with all things Australian quality data is hard to come by. Both Standard and Poors and the ASX are friggen hopeless when it comes to providing useful hard core data for traders. However, the…

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S&P/ASX 50

I mentioned in this piece that I should get around to looking at the original versus current components of the S&P/ASX 200 just to get a sense of index turnover. As a prelude to this I cobbled together a rough first look at the S&P/ASX 50 to see how much what I would consider to…

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Not Another Alfa…..

When I was much much younger and beginning to fully express my childish liking for cars I bought a Series 2 RX7, which I then had worked on. At the same time a friend of mine bought an Alfa GTV and he used to make disarranging remarks about my rice burner. However, within a month…

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A Stone In The Shoe

When referring to why some people are successful I often think of the analogy of a stone in the shoe. It seems to me that some people just have a stone in their shoe that keeps them moving forward, something inside them irritates them away from contentment with whatever they are doing, so they move…

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ASX 200 Shares Distribution Of Returns

Recently I had a look at the distribution of returns for a system I run – the aim of this was to give a sense of how systems trading works. The rules of systems trading are very simple and are based around the concept of ride the losses, pump the winners and allow time to…

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Go Hard Or Go Home

Perhaps this is why people dont like to train with me…. Click the pic for the full video. PS: For those interested in this sort of thing Google what is known as the Tabata Protocol. This is based upon work done by Prof Izumi Tabata whose original work laid the basis for much of the…

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I Thought This Bloke Was Retired

I have posted this before in a different format but it just occurred to me when seeing it again that Jim Simons is supposed to be retired. He is not doing too badly for someone who is spending his days either gardening or down at the local bowls club. More here – Washington Post  

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