Letters From A Zeneca

……I was a professional poker player for 15 years. For the most part, for most of my career the difference between the good players and the great players was not technical skill. It was psychological skill and mental fortitude. It was the ability to not tilt, to not play poorly, to not let your emotions…

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10 Lessons Investors Can Learn from Wordle

I have a suspicion that over recent weeks and months you have become aware of a puzzle called Wordle. A simple, web-based word game that has become staggeringly successful since its October 2021 launch; so much so that the New York Times recently purchased it for a seven-figure sum. Both the structure of the game and…

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Is The Market Volatile?

Whenever markets have some form of correction traders’ and commentators’ thoughts immediately turn to volatility and what impact it may have on investing returns. However, in their commentary and opinion pieces, they fail to answer a simple question. Is the market more volatile now? For example, I recently received an article from Sharesight titled –…

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More Bullshit

Whilst perusing my LinkedIn account I came across this reply to an already bloated and nonsensical piece supposedly analyzing the market – the chart in question looked more like someone had picked up a bowl of pasta and lobbed it against the wall. Responding to this masterpiece of analysis was this enlighting gem. Please permit…

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Meat Loaf

Dead is dead. Two days ago, nobody was talking about Meat Loaf. Two days from now they won’t be either, unless it’s to say he was an anti-vaxxer. “Bat Out of Hell” was successful for one reason and one reason only, Steve Popovich. Pop was a legendary promo man at CBS Records who left to…

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Wealthy Investors, SMSFs Buy The Crypto Dip

Cryptocurrency trading platforms report a spike in activity from self-managed superannuation funds and rich wholesale investors even as the value of global digital assets tanked by $US1 trillion ($1.4 trillion). Micro-investing app Bamboo has detected a 17 per cent spike in sign-ups from SMSF trustees in the past month. The app allows investors to deploy…

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Former Darlings Of The Pandemic.

It is interesting how nothing lasts forever and sentiment can change in the blink of an eye. Peloton was supposed to revolutionise fitness and Zoom was to be the tool that carried us through the boom in working from home. Sentiment can be a bastard of a thing if you are on the wrong side…

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How to Invest Your Money When Inflation is High

Inflation is back with a vengeance.  This week the BLS reported 6.2% inflation for the year ending October 2021. And, as Bloomberg noted, this is the highest inflation has been since 1990: While this can be somewhat alarming, inflation from October 2019 to October 2020 was just 1.2%, so the two-year inflation is about 3.7% on an annualized…

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How to perform well under pressure

Whatever sphere you inhabit, whether you’re a pro or amateur athlete, businessperson, teacher, full-time parent or something else entirely, you’re bound to have felt the pressure of your own expectations and the expectations of others. Almost everyone must cope with daunting situations, in which they don’t feel they have the skills needed to succeed and…

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