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Do Financial Experts Make Better Investment Decisions?

I have only seen the abstract of this article so far. However, the abstract as usual does give away the plot since it states – We provide direct evidence on the effect of financial expertise on investment outcomes by analyzing private portfolios of mutual fund managers. We find no evidence that financial experts make better investment decisions…

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What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise

Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and more. At the same time, similar to the topic of sleep, I found myself having very little specific and scientific knowledge about what exercise really does to our bodies and our brains. “Yes, yes, I know all…

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Porsche: The Hedge Fund That Also Made Cars

In 2008, Porsche was cruising.  The luxury car manufacturer generated $13.5 BN in pre-tax profit, and sold a record 98,652 automobiles — a staggering $136K profit per car sold. Even for a luxury brand, the numbers seemed nearly impossible. Upon closer inspection, $11.5 billion dollars of that profit wasn’t from selling cars — it was from speculating on financial…

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What If Age Is Nothing But A Mind-Set?

One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a…

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Nothing in life is to be feared

Nothing in life is to be feared, only understood – Marie Curie It is no secret the Marie Curie is one of my intellectual idols – the only person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. I don’t count the Peace prize won by the likes of Linus Pauling since it is a bullshit popularity…

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Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder

Joel was wearing a black T-shirt tucked into black jeans, black Vans, and an Indian Motorcycle ball cap. The back of his head, where hair might be, was freshly shorn, and his features, which in dark or obscure moods can appear mottled and knotted, were at rest, projecting benevolent bemusement. To prepare for the flight,…

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Risk & Volatility Index Dashboard

I regularly get emailed things from S&P Dow Jones Indices – most it relates to index structure, performance or changes. Some of it is data for data sakes with no real use, but some bits are interesting from a summary perspective. I have always had mixed views about volatility and have spoken about it a…

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Your Perfect Day

What would be your perfect day? How would you look, feel, and what would you be doing? Strangely, when I’ve asked this to civilians (people outside our close-knit trading community), they don’t even know the answer. But I’ll bet you, if you think about it, you’ll know what you perfect day looks like. You know…

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Should You Quit?

I was talking to my friend, Alan Furlong, on the phone the other day. He’s a loyal follower of the positive psychology movement. I asked him “Alan – what should someone do if they really don’t like their job?” Without hesitation, he said “Quit”. I have to admit, his answer freaked me out. But the…

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BHP

For those of you who hold BHP, my commiserations.Unfortunately, you have not seen much growth for almost a decade and have been underwater for the bulk of that time.   The trajectory of BHP is interesting because it points directly to the fact that we have not had a mining boom – we have had…

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