What Magic Teaches Us About Misinformation

“The things right in front of us are often the hardest to see,” declares Apollo Robbins, the world’s most famous theatrical pickpocket. “The things you look at every day, that you’re blinded to.” As he says these words, he’s standing on stage at a TED conference in 2013. He invites the audience to close their…

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How To Stop Overthinking

If you’re an overthinker, you’ll know exactly how it goes. A problem keeps popping up in your mind – for instance, a health worry or a dilemma at work – and you just can’t stop dwelling on it, as you desperately try to find some meaning or solution. Round and round the thoughts go but,…

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Do Dividends Matter To Traders?

This piece from the lads at MF&Co Asset Management dropped into my inbox this morning. What caught my eye was the notion that BHP was a high dividend yield play kind of stock. To be honest I had never thought of it that way and had only ever traded BHP via ETO’s and with the…

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Is Passion Necessary?

There has been in recent times a debate over the necessity for someone to be passionate about what they are doing in order to be successful. And as coincidence would have it this piece came to mind courtesy of two things I saw with only a slight gap between them. The first is the video…

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Definitions Are Important

Let’s say the situation at work is not good. The project (or product, or re-org, or whatever) has launched, and the best you can say is that things aren’t going as planned. At all. It’s a disaster, though the best word for it is the one you drop over drinks with your team and when…

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The Empty Promise of Pop Psychology

One listless day at my last full-time job (which was the kind of job where every day was listless, because it was a media company in a constant state of crisis and reorganisation), an email arrived from the CEO. Things were often stressful and frequently dull — the acute periods of anxiety that your job…

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When You’re A Systematic Investor, Your Process Makes The Decision

Episode #310: Kathryn Kaminski, AlphaSimplex, “When You’re A Systematic Investor, Your Process Makes The Decision” Guest: As Chief Research Strategist at AlphaSimplex, Dr. Kathryn Kaminski conducts applied research, leads strategic research initiatives, focuses on portfolio construction and risk management, and engages in product development. Dr. Kaminski is a member of the Investment Committee. She also serves…

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Market Breadth Tools

With the NASDAQ 100 seemingly off the boil at just over 14,000, it seems as if every market pundit on social media has delved into their bag of magical technical analysis tools to see if they can see the bottom. I have to admit I find such tools to be a somewhat mixed bag of…

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Crocs Comeback

The chart below popped up on one of my feeds this morning and I have to admit I am confused as to the message it is trying to convey. The theme is that CROX has made one of the great comebacks in the history of the universe. However, there is always more than one way…

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