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The Lonely Life Of A Yacht Influencer

While chasing a 2017 story about medical tourism and Slovakian stem cells that had already taken me to hospital facilities in Bratislava and Vienna, I wound up partying on a 283-foot yacht floating in the French Riviera. As I watched intoxicated rich people having expensive fun in their cheap white shower slippers — first rule of yacht club is…

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System Failures

On the weekend LB and I had the first meeting for this years Mentor Program and just before it was my turn to present I checked my laptop as I do to make certain everything was in order and it decided to show me nothing but a blank screen. Not a problem since I always…

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Market History 101

Apparently according to Kevin Rudd, Ken Henry the now departed Chairman of NAB whose put up a stellar performance at the Royal Commission into banking where he suggested that anyone could overlook charging $100 million in fees for no service is a great bloke and a genius who helped Rudd avoid another great depression following…

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Final Thoughts – February 2019

THE WORLD SEEMS to be getting angrier… more short-tempered, more ready to fly off the handle. Whether it’s too much caffeine in their lattes, the housing prices, or the revolting traffic, people are on a short fuse. As a trader, you should aim for emotional stability in all aspects of your life – you can’t…

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My Shocking Present

CHRIS TATE IS A difficult person to buy presents for. He seems to have everything he wants or needs already. So, for Christmas, I bought him a robot toy tank where you battle with another person’s robot tank. Every time you got ‘shot’ by your robot opponent, a small electric shock was delivered through the…

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Good For Nothing?

I’VE BEEN HELPING my 16-year old fill out part time job application forms. With a chilling thud, I realised: “Oh my gosh! I wouldn’t qualify for half of the jobs here!” I can’t build or fix anything. If someone has watched the TV, I can’t get it to switch over to Netflix again (so usually…

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Break Down Your Walls

MY LITTLE GIRL broke her foot in the final days of school last year. “Keep her still and quiet” said the doctor. Gosh… I almost laughed in his face. My 11-year old has NEVER been still and quiet. What in the heck was I to do? The long summer holidays loomed large. Sure, we did…

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Infinity Wells and Deep Work

Deep work is my term for the activity of focusing without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It describes, in other words, when you’re really locked into doing something hard with your mind…In order for a session to count as deep work there must be zero distractions. Even a quick glance at your phone or…

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Loss Aversion in Professional Golf

Traders use all sorts of metaphors to describe trading unfortunately most of them are inappropriate and not truly reflective of the nature of trading. If you are looking for a game that to my mind replicates a lot of the difficulties of trading it is golf. From the perspective of an amateur observer golf seems…

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The Profound Amateurishness of All Things Crypto

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $262 million in client holdings after its founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday. In a sworn affidavit with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, widow Jennifer Robertson…

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Perfect Safety

I have posted this short piece below many years ago and after a few conversations with traders recently I thought it was time to post it again. I have added my emphasis to the final sentence. But, no matter what you do, it will never be perfectly, 100% risk-free to fly.  Or to drive, or…

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The Great Paradox of Peak Performance

Peak performance happens as a result of trying really hard, and then not trying at all. It’s a paradox. I’ve never met someone who has described a breakthrough performance as effortful or straining or tight. It’s the opposite: when people are at their best—whether it’s on the playing field, in the workplace, or in the artist’s…

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