Is This All There Is?

WAKE-UP, GO TO work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up, go to work, come home, go to sleep. Wake-up,…

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What’s Your Currency?

“OH LOUISE… YOU DON’T understand the plight of being a beautiful woman.” She closed her exquisite eyes and two delicate tears rolled down her cheeks. Beautiful ex-model, Lisa, had come to me for sharemarket training… or so I thought. In reality she wanted me to rescue her. She’d lost $650,000 of her pilot-husband’s Superannuation money…

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Bragging Rights: Does Corporate Boasting Imply Value Creation?

Abstract We examine all S&P 500 firms over 1999-2014 that publicly characterize their annual performance with extreme positive language. We find that only 18% of such firms increase shareholder value, while nearly 75% have insignificant performance, and the remaining 7% actually destroy shareholder value. Our evidence suggests that firms often base their positive claims on…

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Correlation between Gold and The AUD

I got an email over the weekend asking about the correlation if any between gold and the AUD and to be honest I didnt know if there was any relationship between the two other than the long bow stories generated by economists. So I decided to have  look. Whenever you start to look at the…

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5 Best Trading Books of 2018 – 2020

While working in my garden, over the fence, here is a conversation uttered by the nice neighbours who live over our back fence: “Well… what do you think they do?” “It’s either got to be drugs, or they’ve worked out a scam.” “What… like a welfare scam?” “Yeah… ‘cos they’re always home or going to…

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Best Trading Books for Beginners

Beginning your trading education and starting to trade can cause a bucket-load of stress in some people. They get overwhelmed. There is just so much to do. It’s so hard to know where to begin, especially if you’re trying to choose the right trading books to get you off to an excellent start. I don’t…

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Why Are Journalists So Stupid?

I suppose such a question should really just be phrased as a rhetorical since it is a given that the majority seem to be dribbling idiots with the IQ of a turnip. The reason for this tirade is a series of news reports I heard this morning whilst heading to my regular Wednesday morning yoga…

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Once again I am late to the party because apparently the world is ending…..again. The current cause for these conniptions among traders is that the US markets are going down, judging by the reactions of market participants to this earth shattering event one would think that this sort of thing was now illegal. As such…

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Synth Britannia

  Documentary following a generation of post-punk musicians who took the synthesiser from the experimental fringes to the centre of the pop stage. In the late 1970s, small pockets of electronic artists including the Human League, Daniel Miller and Cabaret Volatire were inspired by Kraftwerk and JG Ballard and dreamt of the sound of the…

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The Role of Luck in Life Success Is Far Greater Than We Realized

What does it take to succeed? What are the secrets of the most successful people? Judging by the popularity of magazines such as Success, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur, there is no shortage of interest in these questions. There is a deep underlying assumption, however, that we can learn from them because it’s their personal characteristics–such as talent, skill, mental toughness,…

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Do Adult Brains Make New Neurons?

In 1928, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, proclaimed that the brains of adult humans never make new neurons. “Once development was ended,” he wrote, “the founts of growth and regeneration … dried up irrevocably. In the adult centers the nerve paths are something fixed, ended and immutable. Everything must die, nothing…

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