Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.” Leo Tolstoy was even bolder: “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of…

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The Aging Athlete

Trail running has long been my happy place.  Actually, any form of running enables me to start my day invigorated and ready to go. Regular exercise associates with many upsides.  Exercising so that we can live longer is a draw for a few.  Most master athletes I have met exercise because they have to.  They…

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Final Thoughts – Trader of the Year

IF I WAS TO FRONT up to your doorstep carrying a huge ‘Trader of the Year’ trophy, what would your reaction be? Would you feel worthy of accepting this award because you’re a disciplined, consistent trader? Or, would you hang your head in shame? It’s up to you to give yourself your own accolades as…

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Louise’s Shameless Bribe

THIS WORLD OF SOCIAL media and new fandangled ways of doing business sometimes have me scratching my head. One thing that I’ve just found out is that people look at these things called ‘Google Reviews’. Who knew, hey? The only thing is… because I’ve just found out about it, I’ve never promoted it. So, here’s…

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The Pain…

FREUD ONCE SAID “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful”. What pain are you willing to go through to become a profitable trader? So many of us want to skip the struggle and go straight to the reward. Life doesn’t work that way. The traders who decide…

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A Cocktail With Stockbot

“AHHH… STOCKBOT… What an insightful, mechanical trader you are!” I said, as I sipped my margarita. “Teach us your ways, oh wise one. We are but mere fallible trading humans, struggling to achieve your level of perfection.” And… at that… Stockbot took a liberal gulp of his own cocktail – a long, cool glass of…

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Can meditation really slow ageing?

It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view stretches out over thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. In the distance, white villas of wealthy Los Angeles residents dot the Hollywood hills. Here by…

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I am a Winner

If you have ever wondered why the world is like it is consider the image below which is a snip of an email I received this morning. Apparently in their largess the UN has decided to give me $7.5M if I send them $12,000. Intriguingly scams like this are like any other business, you wouldn’t…

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Base Metal Prices

Sometimes when you look at a group of prices what you see is not necessarily what you get as I found out when I had a quick look at base metal prices. What triggered this little foray into a segment of the market I dont really deal in was the piece below that appeared on…

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Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream?

Dry heaves racked Dan Stoddard’s body as he bent his 6-foot-8, 325-plus-pound frame awkwardly over a toilet, shaking as he vomited up the Gatorade and other fluids he had consumed in an attempt to stave off dehydration. The 39-year-old hadn’t slept well in days, and even when he did manage some shut-eye, it was only…

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How To Deal With Regrets

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery” wrote the author James Joyce. I recently spoke with a young analyst in Private Equity who wanted to take a pragmatic look into regrets with one qualifier – “not the deathbed kind.” He wondered aloud, what were some common regrets of people ten or twenty years older? And did they…

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