Is Passion Necessary?

There has been in recent times a debate over the necessity for someone to be passionate about what they are doing in order to be successful. And as coincidence would have it this piece came to mind courtesy of two things I saw with only a slight gap between them. The first is the video…

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Definitions Are Important

Let’s say the situation at work is not good. The project (or product, or re-org, or whatever) has launched, and the best you can say is that things aren’t going as planned. At all. It’s a disaster, though the best word for it is the one you drop over drinks with your team and when…

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The Empty Promise of Pop Psychology

One listless day at my last full-time job (which was the kind of job where every day was listless, because it was a media company in a constant state of crisis and reorganisation), an email arrived from the CEO. Things were often stressful and frequently dull — the acute periods of anxiety that your job…

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When You’re A Systematic Investor, Your Process Makes The Decision

Episode #310: Kathryn Kaminski, AlphaSimplex, “When You’re A Systematic Investor, Your Process Makes The Decision” Guest: As Chief Research Strategist at AlphaSimplex, Dr. Kathryn Kaminski conducts applied research, leads strategic research initiatives, focuses on portfolio construction and risk management, and engages in product development. Dr. Kaminski is a member of the Investment Committee. She also serves…

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Market Breadth Tools

With the NASDAQ 100 seemingly off the boil at just over 14,000, it seems as if every market pundit on social media has delved into their bag of magical technical analysis tools to see if they can see the bottom. I have to admit I find such tools to be a somewhat mixed bag of…

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Crocs Comeback

The chart below popped up on one of my feeds this morning and I have to admit I am confused as to the message it is trying to convey. The theme is that CROX has made one of the great comebacks in the history of the universe. However, there is always more than one way…

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Stop Spending Time on Things You Hate

The other afternoon, in an effort to avoid doing my work, I picked up Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. It turned out to be a fitting choice, as Thoreau has quite a bit to say about wasting time. “The cost of a thing,” he wrote in Walden, “is the amount of what I will call life which is required…

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Why We Cant Have Nice Things.

If you have ever wondered why the NBN rollout consigns us to internet speeds that are slower than that of the economic powerhouse of Trinidad and Tobago or why our vaccine rollout resembles a fire in a chook shed then look no further than our ranking in the following league table of sovereign wealth funds.…

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