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Hugh Hendry’s Life After Hedge Funds

Always been a fan of Hugh simply because he was different….. Hugh Hendry is a rare breed: a retired hedge fund manager who has actually retired. Lately, the former manager of the Eclectica Fund, a London-based global macro outfit he ran for 15 years until shuttering it last year, spends his days unsubscribing from finance-related…

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Hedging Costs Money

Just a quick example for people who are keen on hedging or risk reduction. Hedging or risk reduction in any form acts as a drag on performance – this is a side effect of  what it is designed to do. The chart below is a performance comparison between GOLD and unhedged local gold ETF and…

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The Power of Authority.

I have just returned from a few days on Hamilton Island and whilst standing around waiting to board the flight home I was talking to an American mother and daughter who coincidentally had also sat across the aisle from me on the flight up. I asked them where they were going next and after a…

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Depressing Stat of the Day

The following quote is from an excellent long form article on the opioid crisis in the US. Nevertheless, pain research remains startlingly underfunded and undervalued. In American medical schools, the average number of teaching hours on pain is nine; in the average veterinarian curriculum, it’s forty-five. More here – Harpers Magazine

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More Fun With Gold and the AUD

Whilst I am on the topic of correlations and returns Yahoo Finance does offer the capacity via their charting program to compare various instruments and get a sense of their relative returns. In the chart below I have compared the AUD/USD to SPDR Gold Trust ETF and GOLD a local gold ETF. You can make up…

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You Get Dumb When You’re Stressed

PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES HAVE shown that when you’re under high stress, you get dumber. It can be difficult to remember what to do, or if you remember what actions you’d planned on taking, when you’re under pressure to act. That’s why so many people have trouble trading when they don’t have a written trading plan. It’s also…

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Is This All There Is?

WAKE-UP, GO TO work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up,…

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What’s Your Currency?

“OH LOUISE… YOU DON’T understand the plight of being a beautiful woman.” She closed her exquisite eyes and two delicate tears rolled down her cheeks. Beautiful ex-model, Lisa, had come to me for sharemarket training… or so I thought. In reality she wanted me to rescue her. She’d lost $650,000 of her pilot-husband’s Superannuation money…

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