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Purpose Trumps Passion

I HEARD A TRADER literally say, “Oh my god, I want to trade full-time so badly. I’m putting in 100%, and I’m going to throw everything I’ve got at it. This is my passion. I love everything about trading!” Then, I watched in dismay as they fizzled out after a series of 12-hour days watching…

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People Don’t Want Jobs Anymore

A LOAD OF PEOPLE no longer want a boss. According to a new report by an accounting company called FreshBooks, the number of self-employed workers could triple by 2020. According to CNN Money, today, the average person has four different jobs before the age of thirty two. Twenty years ago, the average person had only…

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Myth and Reality

One of the problems with trading is that it is awash with various pieces of wisdom and mythology that dont stand up to scrutiny. I try as much as possible to run an evidence based life and when I dont understand something or I hear something that is a bit off the stock standard piece…

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Why Is This Still A Question?

Consider the headline below – Source – The New York Times I am still surprised within academic circles that the value of exercise in delaying many age-related illnesses is still a matter for debate and that the press react so breathlessly to these pronouncements. And you don’t even have to go to the gym to…

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The Great FAANG Prang

I spied this little piece from the NY Times which had the accompanying headline and graphic. The recent pullback in the US quite naturally took a lot of the  high flyers with it. What caught my eye was not that these stocks had fallen but that their drop was seized on by many commentators as…

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Emotional Inertia

I have always been a fan of Decision Theory – the notion of how we make decisions with varying amounts of information has always been fascinating to me. This should seem obvious since trading is a profession that straddles both normative and descriptive decision making. Normative decision is about making decisions with incomplete information whereas…

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More Than One Game In Town

With equity markets performing reasonably poorly in the short term I thought it may be instructive to look at the YTD performance of a basket of markets. The snip below is from a handy little website that generates performance metrics over time. The unfortunate thing about being an equities only trader is that you are…

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