How Much Is Your Super Fund Costing You

In this post, I had a bit of a dig at the self-congratulatory nature of super funds and their lack of performance. In my piece, I mentioned that the long term rate for super funds was quoted at being around 7% for the past 30 years. So I decided to see what the differential between…

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The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

It’s been one of those days, maybe I am underselling this, let’s call it one of those years…. In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity. Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share…

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What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep

Sleep has long been the secret weapon of athletes just as it should be for traders. Scientists have a firm grasp on the purpose of certain automatic physical functions, like blinking, breathing, or digestion. When it comes to sleep, however, researchers still aren’t clear on why exactly your body needs to shut off every night.…

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Money For Nothing

It has been a while since I updated my superannuation fees chart but was prompted yesterday by the following graphic that hit my LinkedIn feed. This was followed by the usual round of self-congratulations and back slapping as to how amazing the superannuation industry was. However, the table is lacking context in that it does…

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What Are You Being Told?

This could easily fall under the heading of opportunities but it deserves a stand alone topic. When running my scans over the past months I have noticed that there has been a degree of repetition in the sort of stocks that have been popping up. Whenever this occurs it means I am being told something…

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Opportunities Part Two

Following on from my earlier post on some of the outsized gains in the local market I thought I would have a quick look at the top 10 gains in the US. As you would expect it follows a similar pattern to what was seen locally.

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Overblown and Overhyped

Do you ever get the feeling that every single investment idea or movement is the greatest thing since sliced bread. What interests me is that this sort of breathlessness even inhabits what you may liberally call the more refined corners of social media such as LinkedIn. Normally you would only associate rabid fan boy behaviour…

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Evidence of Fraud in an Influential Field Experiment About Dishonesty

If this isn’t the definition of irony I don’t know what is….. In 2012, Shu, Mazar, Gino, Ariely, and Bazerman published a three-study paper in PNAS (.htm) reporting that dishonesty can be reduced by asking people to sign a statement of honest intent before providing information (i.e., at the top of a document) rather than after providing information (i.e.,…

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