January - March 2012 articles archive home
Born loser
The little sad-looking man, who’d spent his whole life “in haberdashery”, wasn’t going to try his luck at the roulette table, he didn’t see the point. He’d never won anything in his life, not even a coin toss.
Friday, March 30, 2012 ... more
 
 
Delusional?
The name of the book was The Big Board … It was about an earthling man and woman who were kidnapped by extra-terrestrials. They were put on display in a zoo on a planet called Zircon-212.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 ... more
 
 
 
What we want
At a dinner party some years ago, a fellow guest … wanted to know where he could buy Japanese yen. “Why do you want to buy Japanese yen,” I asked. “Because its value is sure to zoom past the dollar,” he said, and proceeded to list the American budget deficit, its trade deficit, and other indicators...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 ... more
 
From Jesse Livermore
What makes a good stock speculator … is an aptitude for the game, a stomach for the ride, and the ability to see what is happening without emotion. The ability to make observations that others don’t and a good memory …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 ... more
 
 
Welcome to the box.
All creatures respond negatively in situations where things don’t seem to make sense. When the world gives us unpredictable punishments we become prone to something psychologists called “learned helplessness.”
Monday, March 26, 2012 ... more
 
Better-than-most
Compared to our average peer, most of us fancy ourselves as more intelligent, better looking, less prejudiced, more ethical, healthier, and likely to live longer — a phenomenon recognized in Freud's joke about the man who told his wife, "If one of us should die, I shall move to Paris."
Friday, March 23, 2012 ... more
 
 
What mania?
The Dutch tulip bulb craze of 1634 – 1637 is the incident invariably cited to demonstrate how easy it is to tell when speculation has gotten out of control. As contrarian investors have recounted on innumerable occasions, a single bulb sold at the height of the mania for the modern day equivalent of $50,000.00
Thursday, March 22, 2012 ... more
 
Lessons from Darvas Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ben Graham distilled into 3 principles Monday, March 19, 2012
Could always be worse Friday, March 16, 2012
But, not yet Thursday, March 15, 2012
Perspectives on risk Wednesday, March 14, 2012
What to pick Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Into virgin territory Monday, March 12, 2012
The vision thing Friday, March 9, 2012
Not a sure thing Thursday, March 8, 2012
Signs of maturity Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A few more things to remember Tuesday, March 6, 2012
More red flags and a valid idea Monday, March 5, 2012
At the root of our optimism Friday, March 2, 2012
Charlie on accounting. Thursday, March 1, 2012
Individual’s advantage Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Cutting losses Tuesday, February 28, 2012
An ugly precedent Friday, February 24, 2012
Investing or speculating? Thursday, February 23, 2012
Alpha to Smart Beta Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Biases & psychological quirks Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Burning bridges Friday, February 17, 2012
One-liners from Charlie Thursday, February 16, 2012
(Not-so) rare types Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Two to avoid Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Messages of power Friday, February 10, 2012
Bound to be another Thursday, February 9, 2012
Observations Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Crystal Ball Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Landscape Friday, February 3, 2012
Fred on Margin Calls Thursday, February 2, 2012
Learning from failure Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Reasons to sell Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Solo Friday, January 27, 2012
Mimicry Thursday, January 26, 2012
Nothing’s for free Wednesday, January 25, 2012
As I say, not as I do. Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Walton's rules Monday, January 23, 2012
Brother … Friday, January 20, 2012
Advice from Janice Dorn Thursday, January 19, 2012
Non-Linear Weighting of Probabilities Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Excess credit creation … Tuesday, January 17, 2012
3 misconceptions Monday, January 16, 2012
John Templeton … Friday, January 13, 2012
Why selling's difficult Thursday, January 12, 2012
Dispelling illusions Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Frictional costs; A reminder Friday, January 6, 2012
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