Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Sep10

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

Edward Lefevre’s Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is a classic in all senses. Well, in a few. I can base my classic label on the extensive research I’ve done through reading an online Miriam Webster dictionary entry. First of all, the book serves as a standard of excellence in literary work. It is also enduring, since the story is still entertaining and educational now. It’s historically memorable, being that it was...

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Get More Sleep! 6 hours isn’t enough
Sep03

Get More Sleep! 6 hours isn’t enough

Last week, Friday, I was in a great mood. I thought it must have been my positive outlook catching up with me. Maybe it was the time I had it he middle of the day to go for a hike. But, thinking about it, I don’t usually have strenuous days. When I was honest with myself, I realised that I had changed one thing that day, I was operating on about 9 hours of sleep. I know correlation isn’t causation, but I definitely felt a...

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Breaking Down Obstacles
Aug22

Breaking Down Obstacles

As I was riding this morning, a memory came into my head. Years back I did a documentary called rastamentary,which is a documentary on Rastafarian belief. One of the people I interviewed was Billy Mystic, a musician/surfer. He was one of my most memorable interviews. He said something that struck me, but ended up on the cutting room floor, so to speak, since it didn’t quite fit into the doc. We were talking about the abilities...

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NPR Broadcast on Short Selling
Mar17

NPR Broadcast on Short Selling

I posted an article on the morality of short selling several months back. I recently listened to a podcast on the topic on NPR’s “Planet Money.” It starts out with an Herbalife conference call.  Herbalife is a company that sells weight loss shakes, vitamins, etc. The company is doing well and reporting good numbers during the call. Next, David Einhorn, a renowned short seller gets on the conference call with Herbalife. He asks how...

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Causes of Inflation
Mar16

Causes of Inflation

We’ve heard stories of how back in the day you could have the world for a hundred dollars and get back change. So what happens to those times. Why do prices continue to rise? Why is it that we can no longer go out with 50 cents in our pockets and buy a pair of slacks, or knickers? Why do penny loafers seem so silly now? Have they always been silly? Actually, to answer my own penny loafer question, I mean as the net answers that....

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Should morality play a role in your trading or investing?
Jun29

Should morality play a role in your trading or investing?

When trading, I use a technical trading system. This system is solely based on the numbers shown on the chart. Those numbers are filtered by other tools in the software, but all calculations are based on the price and volume of stocks in those tracked indices. In trading this type of system, my job is to scan an index. If the system says that the trade fits all requirements, I go to step 2, which is following the systems parameters...

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Karma free iPhones
Jun27

Karma free iPhones

  I was listening to “The Joe Rogan Experience” a while back. “The Joe Rogan Experience” is a podcast hosted by stand-up comedian, Joe Rogan. Joe and his co-host were discussing Foxconn, a company on China that manufactures iPhone components. The discussion was on news of poor working conditions, and suicides that took place on the company property. Joe Rogan posed the question of what it might cost, or...

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Is short selling evil?
Jun25

Is short selling evil?

  I’ve both witnessed and participated in debates on whether or not short selling stocks is wrong or harmful to companies or market participants. Short selling is essentially betting that the price of a commodity, stock, bond, or currency will go down in the future. It works through borrowing the stock from a broker, buying it back at a lower price, and keeping the difference. According to Investopedia.com ‘Short...

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Can the BlackBerry be the CrackBerry again?
Jun12

Can the BlackBerry be the CrackBerry again?

    The BlackBerry became known as the Crackberry, because of its owners’ inability to put it down. It was launched in 1999. With this product, RIM (Research In Motion) started the trend of having a phone permanently attached to your hand, with your neck and back arched over an enchanted screen. Enter, the smartphone age! I graduated the year after the launch. My good friend would lock into the screen and be lost to the...

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Trend Following, by Michael Covel
Oct28

Trend Following, by Michael Covel

Trend Following, By Michael Covel   Trend Following[i] Explains the concept of trend following as a trading method. The book clarifies the idea, for those who don’t understand what trend following is. It goes the extra step of providing a compelling argument for the benefit of using trend following in bull and bear markets.   The book profiles various traders and hedge fund managers who follow this methodology. We can see...

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