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Infinity Wells and Deep Work

Deep work is my term for the activity of focusing without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It describes, in other words, when you’re really locked into doing something hard with your mind…In order for a session to count as deep work there must be zero distractions. Even a quick glance at your phone or…

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Loss Aversion in Professional Golf

Traders use all sorts of metaphors to describe trading unfortunately most of them are inappropriate and not truly reflective of the nature of trading. If you are looking for a game that to my mind replicates a lot of the difficulties of trading it is golf. From the perspective of an amateur observer golf seems…

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The Profound Amateurishness of All Things Crypto

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $262 million in client holdings after its founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday. In a sworn affidavit with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, widow Jennifer Robertson…

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Perfect Safety

I have posted this short piece below many years ago and after a few conversations with traders recently I thought it was time to post it again. I have added my emphasis to the final sentence. But, no matter what you do, it will never be perfectly, 100% risk-free to fly.  Or to drive, or…

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The Great Paradox of Peak Performance

Peak performance happens as a result of trying really hard, and then not trying at all. It’s a paradox. I’ve never met someone who has described a breakthrough performance as effortful or straining or tight. It’s the opposite: when people are at their best—whether it’s on the playing field, in the workplace, or in the artist’s…

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Its All Between Your Ears

I snipped this from the Twitter page of Alex Hutchinson the author of Endure which is an excellent read for those looking for something different. The piece in quote marks – “My training will be the same, but my mind will be different” sounds as if it could have almost been written for a trader.…

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The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns

I snipped the graphic below from Visual Capitalist who produce some interesting infographics.  What has always intrigued me about the interpretation of these performance comparisons is that almost everyone gets them wrong. The financial media looks at the fact that commodities overall had negative performance for the year and then carry on about how bad…

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Its Not The Tool

There is an old adage that it is not the tool but rather the person which wields that determines ones effectiveness. Let me give you two examples one historical and extreme and the other trading related. In 1941 and early 1942 Japanese aviators crashed their way through the Pacific – superior aviators in a superior…

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Compounding…..again

LB and I are in the process of going through a series of trading plans and I found the chart below in one of the back and forth bits of communication we have been having with a mentoree. I have always been fascinated by growth curves of various sorts I suppose it comes from a…

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Proper Breathing Brings Better Health

As newborns, we enter the world by inhaling. In leaving, we exhale. (In fact, in many languages the word “exhale” is synonymous with “dying.”) Breathing is so central to life that it is no wonder humankind long ago noted its value not only to survival but to the functioning of the body and mind and…

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Odd Things I Have Heard 2

Picture this, LB and I are sitting in an inner city restaurant having lunch with a pair of individuals who work in this space. We should have been forewarned by the choice of venue as this was a place where we had meet a broker from Sydney for lunch, who instead of paying the bill…

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