The Secret Of Youth Is Complexity

It can also be a sign of aging. Youthful health and vigor depend, in many ways, on complexity. Bones get strength from elaborate scaffolds of connective tissue. Mental acuity arises from interconnected webs of neurons. Even seemingly simple bodily functions like heartbeat rely on interacting networks of metabolic controls, signaling pathways, genetic switches, and circadian…

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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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