A Bazillionaire’s Guide to Stress Relief

More cleverness by Michael Lewis – I’d like to start by making a confession: It’s never been easy being me. Managing billions of dollars of other people’s money, and countless millions of my own, has been highly stressful. There was a time when I thought my anxiety, not to mention the investigations of my affairs…

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For Happiness, Does Money Beat Respect?

God I hope so…….. “We got interested in this idea because there is abundant evidence that higher socioeconomic status — higher income or wealth, higher education — does not boost subjective well-being (or happiness) much at all. Yet at the same time, many theories suggest that higher status should boost happiness.” Bugger…doesnt look like it…

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Playboy: If life is so purposeless, do you feel its worth living? Stanley Kubrick: Yes, for those who manage somehow to cope with our mortality. The very meaninglessness of life forces a man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something…

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Brian the Mentally Ill Bonobo, and How He Healed

Things were not looking good for Brian. He’d been kept from the affection of his mother—and all other women—and raised alone by his father, who sexually traumatized him. Normal social interactions were impossible for him. He couldn’t eat in front of others and required a series of repeated, OCD-like rituals before he’d take food. He…

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Its All In Your Head

As an intellectual pursuit trading is not a difficult endevour, the rules are quite simple and they revolve around the central tenet of cutting your losses and letting your profits run. This maxim has been with traders for generation and a failure to recognise its importance has even afflicted the greatest traders. The late Jesse…

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Best Laid Plans

Earlier this week I reinstated my longs on the Dow – the combination of a breakout to new highs and a low volatility is hard for me to resist and as fate would have it the market decided it would reverse.   So what does this mean for this position? At present nothing, markets do…

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I am speaking at the AIA Conference in August so if you have the misfortune to find yourself on the Gold Coast aka Bogan capital of Australia drop in and say hello. However, an invitation is not the point of this piece. I have been collating some of my notes from past presentations and came…

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Why you are anxious all the time

Anxiety is our fundamental state for well-founded reasons: – Because we are intensely vulnerable physical beings, a complicated network of fragile organs all biding their time before eventually letting us down catastrophically at a moment of their own choosing. – Because we have insufficient information upon which to make most major life decisions: we are…

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Market Volatility

I was doing the Market Wrap yesterday for Talking Trading and in my usual look at markets I noticed that the arse had effectively fallen out of volatility in the markets I was looking at. I have dropped in a chart below which shows the 30 day HV of a variety of instruments, I have…

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More Evidence That Longevity Depends on Your State of Mind

Defining a Sense of Purpose For the study, Carleton University’s Patrick Hill, along with Nicholas Turiano from the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York, Hill analyzed the lives of more than 7,000 U.S. adults aged 20 to 75 years over a period of 14 years. They found that the people who died during…

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