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In Tokyo, a Five-Foot-Wide Home is Not Weird at All

Anyone who has ever been to Japan and spent time with the Japanese will know that their definition of odd is very different from ours….. The Wall Street Journal has finally caught on to Tokyo’s “impossibly skinny houses” phenomenon (Remember that 10-foot-wide “lantern” home? And that 9.8-foot-wide wall house? Plus the thinnest “Flatiron building” ever?) Anyway, in a new piece…

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Bankers Will Lie At The Toss Of A Coin

Economists at the University of Zurich, Michel Maréchal, Alain Cohn and Ernst Fehr, set out to learn whether bankers are in fact more likely to cheat. They particularly focused on whether people who consciously thought of themselves as bankers (and acted under this moniker) were more likely to cheat than when they had their non-professional…

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New Year Predictions

 One of things that always intrigued me about this time of year is the number of pronouncements that come out regarding predictions for the coming year. In my world if you are going to display a complete lack of credibility then all you need to do is to make predictions about what such and such…

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E-Readers Foil Good Night’s Sleep

Use of a light-emitting electronic book (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness and the circadian clock, which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to Harvard Medical School researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These findings of the study that compared the biological effects of…

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League Table

As the year draws to a close I thought I would generate a quick league table of how a few markets of interest performed this year. As usual there were markets that trended strongly and markets that didnt (the All Ordinaries….again).

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Email Of the Week

Traditionally email of the week is a catalogue of the idiocy of people attempting to make some headway in trading and this week was no exception with two excellent contenders. Early in the week we had some one who was trying to convince us that she was a conservative long term investor and she sought…

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Money Giveth, Money Taketh Away.

This study has been siting in my inbox for quite sometime and I finally got around to reading it – the abstract below gives a very good summary of the findings. This study provides the first evidence that money impairs people’s ability to savor everyday positive emotions and experiences. In a sample of working adults,…

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Subconscious Bias

One of the difficulties of living in a world that is flooded with narratives is that they have an insidious way of seeping into your subconscious. This infiltration is unknown until you need to make a decision. The chart below is of QAN and upon cursory inspection it shows a relentless bearishness surrounding the stock…

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