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Its Friday

  I thought this little snippet belonged in the Its Friday section because surely being rewarded with a multi million dollar bonus for overseeing a financial planning division that committed wholesale fraud is taking the piss……isn’t it? This actually tells you all you need to know about the culture of Australian banks.

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I Am Clearly Missing Something

There is something in the rationale of people choosing hedge funds as a vehicle that I am not getting. The sales pitch must be amazingly slick or people are still captive to the false narrative that hedge funds are enrichment vehicles for someone other than the manager. Investors poured $70.9 billion into hedge funds in…

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Do Superstitious Traders Lose Money?

More than likely. The interesting thing about this piece is that whilst it is largely directed as the Chinese community and their approach to numerology and its perceived importance in decision making the same sort of irrationality applies universally. You need only pick up a copy of our local trading magazine Your Trading Edge to…

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Fun

What prompted this little piece was I was reviewing someones trading plan and one of the reasons they listed as wanting to trade was fun and my immediate thought was they are not long for this world. The problem with the notion of fun is that represents an emotional investment in the trading process. this…

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I Love (Insert Stock Name Here)

One of the things I find most intriguing about going to conferences is watching other speakers simply because their approach to the universe is so different to my own. Most go with the aim of confusing the attendees sufficiently that they believe the notion that said guru is indispensable and they must buy whatever they…

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Investors Pay for Hedge-Fund Illusions

In an earlier article for Bloomberg View, I described a danger facing investors: the put-option illusion. This is when investors, who tend to extrapolate too much from recent trends, are fooled into thinking that a string of good returns means an investment has very little risk. Often the risk is just lurking way out in the tail…

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Short Selling

The table below grabbed my attention this morning, it from the investment research group Bespoke who produce all manner of statistics on the market. Most of which I neither understand nor use.   What the table basically says is that the short sold stocks have outperformed the market on the upside – that is short…

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Woman Wins First Fields Medal

The Fields Medal for mathematics is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize and is awarded to mathematicians under 40. The prizes this year contained a young female mathematician whose work on abstract surfaces is beyond me. This raises the blunt question of why the fuck has it taken so long to give the prize to…

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Things I Am Reading

These are a few of things that have been on my reading list lately. The Return How Gamblers Get Hot If You Cant Choose Wisely, Pick At Random Practice Not As Important As Thought What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun? Why Smart People Are Stupid

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