You Can Teach Yourself to Suffer Better

Two weeks into his 38-day solo row across the North Atlantic, Bryce Carlson got a disturbing update from his weather team. Hurricane Chris’s 90-mile-per-hour winds were stirring up 45-foot waves, much more than his 20-foot rowboat could handle—and the storm was headed his way. He veered south to avoid its path, but that meant rowing directly…

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No, You Can’t Recycle a Bowling Ball

Every day, collection trucks from Brooklyn and barges from Queens and the Bronx arrive at Sims Municipal Recycling in Sunset Park, loaded up with old phone books and plastic sporks, metal faucets and glass bottles. It’s the country’s largest recycling facility of its kind, sorting more than 1,000 tons of New York City’s metal, glass,…

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So….How Have You Done?

Every now and again it is worth reviewing your performance against some form of benchmark. Managed/Superannuation funds measure themselves against an index such as the All Ords and fail repeatedly to even match it and traders do the same thing. However, this does raise the question as to whether measuring active performance against a passive…

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The Simplicity of Trading Part Two

I have been beavering away at this presentation I am doing on The Simplicity of Trading and part of the presentation looks at why we try to make life hard for ourselves. And the most effective answer I can come up with is simply because we want to and there are a few facets to…

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The Simplicity of Trading

I have been invited to attend a function where I am going to talk about the simplicity of trading and how the majority of traders needlessly complicate their trading activity. I was thinking of just playing this and going to get a cuppa. Note the following is a repost and is not for really sensitive…

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Do Day Traders Rationally Learn about Their Ability

The quick answer is no….. Abstract We analyze the performance of and learning by individual investors who engage in day trading in Taiwan from 1992 to 2006 and test the proposition that individual investors rationally speculate as day traders in order to learn whether they possess the superior trading ability. Consistent with models of both…

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Focusing On Focus: Why We Fail To Reach Our Potential

What we focus upon, we internalize. Focus is our cognitive magnifying glass: the more intense the focus, the deeper our experience. Most of the time, we do not focus. We move from thought to thought, activity to activity, and internalize very little. We can participate in conversations at a party and retain little of the…

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Life Lessons From The Poker Table

Courtesy of the good Dr Angus. Most parents are keen to discourage their children from gambling, but science writer and amateur poker player Alex O’Brien believes the game should be taught in schools. Alex has been studying poker with the help of some of the best players in the world. She says she’s learnt a…

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong

An additional reason for people struggling to get onto the property ladder…..stupidity. Source – The Age Imagine your surprise at waking up and finding you now actually had half the deposit you had last week.

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