My Last Day As A Surgeon

In May of 2013, the Stanford University neurosurgical resident Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic lung cancer. He was thirty-six years old. In his two remaining years—he died in March of 2015—he continued his medical training, became the father to a baby girl, and wrote beautifully about his experience facing mortality as a doctor and a patient.…

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Seneca on The Shortness of Time

……It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it…

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Fear Not

………..Investors have to face fear every day, although more so on some days than others (nobody complains about volatility to the upside), and don’t often face it very effectively. To quote Jason Zweig paraphrasing Mike Tyson, “investors always have a plan until the market punches them in the face.” Real fear comes with names, faces, and a story.…

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At Least He Is Not Lonely

Yesterday I wrote about Thomas Lee who has continually made a serious of outrageous and incorrect predictions about BTC but he is not alone. Whilst doing a bit more research I came across this list of others who have made similarly stupid pronouncements in public. Souce – Nick Maggiulli

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I Love These

Back in May, Thomas Lee, head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors was predicting a rally to $25,000 by the end of the year. And despite things not playing quite in his favor — the cryptocurrency is currently trading below $3,400 — he’s sticking to his guns. More here – Bloomberg   I do love it…

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Thats Not How It Works

As the daily predictions of the coming housing apocalypse grow increasingly strident there is some natural push back from the sell side of the industry who have adopted an equal but opposite position. As I said before I do have some sympathy from property investors because the price discovery in their markets is very poor…

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Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

The $A was floated 35 years ago. I remember vividly all the predictions of doom and gloom that were apparently going to be visited upon us Although these predictions did largely come from conservatives who were still annoyed that we had moved to a decimal system and dropped the pound, Since then it has been…

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YTD Performance

It hasn’t been the best of years for most asset classes – Most of the worlds equities markets have had a a negative return to date and based upon the current degree of gyrating I am not certain it will get much better in the next three weeks.

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Whats The Fuss?

I am intrigued at the constant doom and gloom talk around the property market, not because I have any particular view on property since what I know about property could be written on a gnats arse with a six inch nail. However, I do know a lot about markets and systems and their natural ebbs…

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What Can Investors Do About Overconfidence?

  Overconfidence can have a profound impact on our decision making, but can be difficult to acknowledge and even harder to rectify.  It also seems likely that overconfidence is a particularly pernicious bias in the investment industry, for the following reasons: – Selection bias: There is probably a selection bias into front office investment management roles…

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Poor Academics Make More Predictions.

In the past week a paper titled  Dynamical Variety of Shapes in Financial Multifractality has been doing the rounds. The abstract of the paper states – The concept of multifractality offers a powerful formal tool to filter out a multitude of the most relevant characteristics of complex time series. The related studies thus far presented…

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Monty Hall Problem and Variations

You stand before three closed doors. The doors are evenly spaced and appear identical, aside from being numbered from 1 to 3. One of the doors conceals a car, while each of the other two doors conceals a goat. The host of this game, Monty Hall, asks you to select a door. If you select the…

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