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AMP – Its Been A Dog For Awhile

Whilst driving home yesterday I had the misfortune of hearing an ambulance chaser on the radio touting for AMP shareholders to be involved in a class action over the destruction of shareholder wealth caused by the revelations in at the current Royal Commission and this prompted me to think what shareholder wealth and what destruction.…

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The Real Story Behind Charting Secrets

Years ago I climbed up the corporate ladder to achieve the role of a national sales manager. I was having an absolute ball, revelling in my ambition, loving every minute of it. Everything that I had aimed for was beginning to come true. However, everything wasn’t as picture-perfect as it appeared. At night, I would…

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Reality is Different To Perception

I have an aversion to the mainstream media since I regard it to be simplistic fodder for the masses designed to do little more than maintain a never ending cycle of anxiety based upon a distorted version of reality. It wilfully ignores the small battles people undertake everyday to make the world a tiny bit…

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Losing wealth, health and life

Public hearings for the Financial Services Royal Commission, which resumed this week, are bringing to light some questionable practices in the sector – from lending beyond people’s means, to giving the wrong financial advice and charging for advice that was never given. Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer credit may have serious consequences for many Australians, beyond…

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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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