No, You Can’t Recycle a Bowling Ball

Every day, collection trucks from Brooklyn and barges from Queens and the Bronx arrive at Sims Municipal Recycling in Sunset Park, loaded up with old phone books and plastic sporks, metal faucets and glass bottles. It’s the country’s largest recycling facility of its kind, sorting more than 1,000 tons of New York City’s metal, glass,…

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So….How Have You Done?

Every now and again it is worth reviewing your performance against some form of benchmark. Managed/Superannuation funds measure themselves against an index such as the All Ords and fail repeatedly to even match it and traders do the same thing. However, this does raise the question as to whether measuring active performance against a passive…

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The Simplicity of Trading Part Two

I have been beavering away at this presentation I am doing on The Simplicity of Trading and part of the presentation looks at why we try to make life hard for ourselves. And the most effective answer I can come up with is simply because we want to and there are a few facets to…

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The Simplicity of Trading

I have been invited to attend a function where I am going to talk about the simplicity of trading and how the majority of traders needlessly complicate their trading activity. I was thinking of just playing this and going to get a cuppa. Note the following is a repost and is not for really sensitive…

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Do Day Traders Rationally Learn about Their Ability

The quick answer is no….. Abstract We analyze the performance of and learning by individual investors who engage in day trading in Taiwan from 1992 to 2006 and test the proposition that individual investors rationally speculate as day traders in order to learn whether they possess the superior trading ability. Consistent with models of both…

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Focusing On Focus: Why We Fail To Reach Our Potential

What we focus upon, we internalize. Focus is our cognitive magnifying glass: the more intense the focus, the deeper our experience. Most of the time, we do not focus. We move from thought to thought, activity to activity, and internalize very little. We can participate in conversations at a party and retain little of the…

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Life Lessons From The Poker Table

Courtesy of the good Dr Angus. Most parents are keen to discourage their children from gambling, but science writer and amateur poker player Alex O’Brien believes the game should be taught in schools. Alex has been studying poker with the help of some of the best players in the world. She says she’s learnt a…

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong

An additional reason for people struggling to get onto the property ladder…..stupidity. Source – The Age Imagine your surprise at waking up and finding you now actually had half the deposit you had last week.

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What Magic Teaches Us About Misinformation

“The things right in front of us are often the hardest to see,” declares Apollo Robbins, the world’s most famous theatrical pickpocket. “The things you look at every day, that you’re blinded to.” As he says these words, he’s standing on stage at a TED conference in 2013. He invites the audience to close their…

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How To Stop Overthinking

If you’re an overthinker, you’ll know exactly how it goes. A problem keeps popping up in your mind – for instance, a health worry or a dilemma at work – and you just can’t stop dwelling on it, as you desperately try to find some meaning or solution. Round and round the thoughts go but,…

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