Watch Out September Is Here….Well….Maybe Not

Apparently, the world ends for stockmarkets in September a fact that will no doubt be picked up and repeated by our local finance news peanuts without giving any thought to what they are copying. So I thought I would fire up the old dodgy spreadsheet and see if there were any seasonal differences between the…

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Understanding Better How People Really Make Choices

He highlighted an experiment he carried out some time ago at his university where half of the students were given a chit saying they were entitled to a pencil and half did not. The two groups could trade as buyers and sellers. While traditional economic theory said the market should clear with half the pencils…

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Investment Trend: Are Classic Cars Overtaking Art?

Even though the Ferrari 250 GTO, recently auctioned by Bonhams during the week of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, didn’t reach the sums speculated but instead sold for ‘only’ 38 million dollars, the growth trend in the classic car market has certainly not lost momentum. On the contrary, more and more people are interested in…

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Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility

Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of…

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I thought it might interesting to have a look at the comparative performance of QAN and AIZ.     I am certain there is a thesis for someone on the topic of how to turn a globally well respected brand  into a basket case.

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Money Management Quotes

I was going though some old bits and pieces and came across some quotes I had collected from the Market Wizards books. “[Michael Marcus – another top trader] taught me one other thing that is absolutely critical: You have to be willing to make mistakes regularly; there is nothing wrong with it. Michael taught me…

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Refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer

PEOPLE GIVE IN TOO easily. They crumble, when they should push. They side-step when they should left-hook. Think back to when you were a kid and you really, REALLY wanted that ice cream. Did you take your parent’s word as gospel? Or did you ask, whinge, nag, beg, grovel, whine, stamp your foot and tantrum your…

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Things that work

Things that work I was watching my friend, and money manager of multiple millions of dollars, David Chia present. As he was talking about his system, there were some realisations I reached. Even though we have evolved separately as traders, David seems to have reached a lot of the same conclusions as I have about…

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Don’t Quit Too Soon!

So often we think that we should be instantly brilliant! (Far out – I know I just started trading last week, but how come I’m not raking in the millions yet? … Sound familiar?)   Think of Roald Dahl. He is arguably one of the most successful children’s authors in the world. He wrote Charlie…

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