What Will It Take to Run A 2-HOUR Marathon?

When Ronaldo da Costa broke the finish-line tape at the 1998 Berlin Marathon, he began dancing a samba. He deserved to party: The marathon world record had been stuck at 2:06:50 since 1988, after creeping down an average of just five seconds a year since the late ’60s. The wafer-thin Brazilian had shattered the mark…

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It has been a little while since I took a detailed look at the Dow, the fun and games of the past few days have motivated me put down some observations. However, a general disclaimer before I begin. I am short the US markets at present.Note the use of the word at present just because I…

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The other week I got to indulge in two of my favourite activities – catching up with someone who I had not seen since Uni days and watching blokes on a boat ramp. It was fortuitous that the café we had chosen overlooked a boat ramp and boat ramps are my favourite form of free…

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The Empire of Edge

In the past I had always been impressed with Steve Cohen, it seemed that he along with Jim Simons were among the tiny handful of hedge fund managers who  deserved their wealth. Cohen appeared to actually generate alpha – that is a return well above his benchmarks. Now the image has lost some of its…

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The Third Great Wave

MOST PEOPLE ARE discomfited by radical change, and often for good reason. Both the first Industrial Revolution, starting in the late 18th century, and the second one, around 100 years later, had their victims who lost their jobs to Cartwright’s power loom and later to Edison’s electric lighting, Benz’s horseless carriage and countless other inventions…

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Geek Alert

The current issue of Chance centres around the role of statistics in sport. Interesting if you are into that sort of thing – deadly dull if you are not.

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One Night Stand Or Long Term Relationship

I get emailed any number of things on a daily basis – in between brokers begging for business and land rats who do not understand that four bedrooms and a pool does not mean a one bedroom bedsit I get some weird shit relating to trading. The latest piece of oddness to hit my inbox…

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Two Different Approaches

One of the best ways to find out what an industry thinks of both itself and its clients is to look at how the industry communicates to itself. I came across this piece by Hedge Co an online news source for hedge funds. the title of the piece –  How to Get Rich By Starting…

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I Am Talking On October 16th In Melbourne

I am presenting  the topic Complexity is Rubbish and is Probably Making You Poor . After the talk you can hang around for drinks and nibbles to chat with myself and fellow traders   Topic -Unfortunately in the world of trading it is thought that complexity is king. Traders continually add bits and pieces to…

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Practice Does Not Make Perfect

A decade ago, Magnus Carlsen, who at the time was only 13 years old, created a sensation in the chess world when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov at a chess tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the next day played then-top-rated Garry Kasparov–who is widely regarded as the best chess player of all time–to…

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Its Silly To Be Frightened Of Being Dead

That process depends on what you are dying of. The body can fail in ways that are extremely distressing, slowly and painfully, demanding much stoicism, or it can switch off with little more than a flash of dizziness. In my family we seem to have been uncommonly lucky in that respect. There was the 82-year-old…

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