Lockdown 5.0 Ponderings

Further time in lockdown gives one time to muse about the state of the world and other such things and in one of those happy coincidences that the universe throws up every now and again, two events conspired to confirm two of my deeply held beliefs. Whilst finishing a course of medication I was emptying…

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Heavy Lifting

One of the things that has always interested me about markets is the use or misuse of benchmarks such as the All Ordinaries Index or the S&P/ASX/200. I am always interested in how people measure the success of their portfolio against such tools – in part it makes sense but in part, various indices also…

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I Dont Think The Market Cares

I was having a flick through our corporate Twitter feed when I saw someone bemoaning the fact that INTU was trading at 50x earnings. I don’t think the market really cares. But it is an example of the disconnect between the belief structure that dictates that you think you know what something should be worth…

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The Value of Intellectual Rigor

Sarah Tavel has spent the past four years as a general partner at venture capital firm Benchmark, after previously serving in the same role with Greylock Partners and as the first-ever product manager at Pinterest. In this episode Shane and Sarah how studying philosophy helped in her career as a venture capitalist, the value of…

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You Can Teach Yourself to Suffer Better

Two weeks into his 38-day solo row across the North Atlantic, Bryce Carlson got a disturbing update from his weather team. Hurricane Chris’s 90-mile-per-hour winds were stirring up 45-foot waves, much more than his 20-foot rowboat could handle—and the storm was headed his way. He veered south to avoid its path, but that meant rowing directly…

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No, You Can’t Recycle a Bowling Ball

Every day, collection trucks from Brooklyn and barges from Queens and the Bronx arrive at Sims Municipal Recycling in Sunset Park, loaded up with old phone books and plastic sporks, metal faucets and glass bottles. It’s the country’s largest recycling facility of its kind, sorting more than 1,000 tons of New York City’s metal, glass,…

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So….How Have You Done?

Every now and again it is worth reviewing your performance against some form of benchmark. Managed/Superannuation funds measure themselves against an index such as the All Ords and fail repeatedly to even match it and traders do the same thing. However, this does raise the question as to whether measuring active performance against a passive…

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The Simplicity of Trading Part Two

I have been beavering away at this presentation I am doing on The Simplicity of Trading and part of the presentation looks at why we try to make life hard for ourselves. And the most effective answer I can come up with is simply because we want to and there are a few facets to…

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The Simplicity of Trading

I have been invited to attend a function where I am going to talk about the simplicity of trading and how the majority of traders needlessly complicate their trading activity. I was thinking of just playing this and going to get a cuppa. Note the following is a repost and is not for really sensitive…

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