Coaches Can Take Portfolio Managers & Traders To The Next Level

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By Rajan Chopra, CEO of Chopra Coaching LLC   Ask traders if they would like coaching to improve performance and one might either get a quizzical look or “Coaching? What’s coaching going to teach me that I don’t already know?” It’s understandable that many are skeptical about the value of coaching and resistant to it […] Read more »

Three Coping Strategies for Investment Decision Making

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By Mark Rzepczynski, CEO at AMPHI Research and Trading, LLC The behavioral finance revolution has added immensely to our knowledge on the aberrations from efficient markets and rational expectations. Mistakes happen because we are sloppy thinkers. However, the wide list of behavioral biases does not help us define what it means to be rational in real life […] Read more »

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Process Using Behavioral Science

By Clare Flynn Levy of Essentia Analytics   It’s no secret that professional investors often struggle to apply the theoretical lessons of behavioral finance to their everyday activity. That’s why I founded Essentia Analytics. Our service helps active investors apply behavioral science to their own decision-making and generate measurable alpha gains, as a result. Here […] Read more »

Behavioural Analysis for Investors in Hedge Funds

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By Aimee F. Kish, CAIA and Leanne ten Brinke, Ph.D. on behalf of TeamCo Advisers Introduction Emoji is widely considered the fastest growing language in the world. Deemed the first truly global vernacular, Emoji has spread dramatically since its creation in 1999. The language consists of static objects, gesturing hands, depictions of actions, and a […] Read more »

How To Improve Your Mindset For Trading & Investing

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By Taylor Pearson, with an introduction by Simon Kerr of Enhance Consulting   Introduction This essay has been published on HFI (with permission) not because it mentions two familiar names/brands from the hedge fund industry (Ray Dalio and Bridgewater, and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital). Rather, a number of constructions that are key to successful […] Read more »

Why Data Visualisation Matters In Financial Software

By thecitysecret Ltd   Introduction Over the past 20 years trading systems have not changed radically in terms of appearance, although the amount of available data has greatly increased. There are countless examples of overly-complex, multi-tabbed interfaces each with an array of grids, sub grids, drop-downs, tick boxes and confusing graphs. These are normally accompanied […] Read more »

Attaining Performance Excellence In Hedge Funds

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By Paul Berry   What could a portfolio manager, a neurosurgeon and a military fighter-pilot possibly have in common? Well, they all work in high-performance professions where competition to enter is intense, with few enjoying success. The jobs are highly demanding, often encroaching into one’s personal life and the consequences of failure are significant. Yet […] Read more »

Dopamine and Manager Selection

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Edited by Simon Kerr, Principal of Enhance Consulting   The Brain’s Rapid Responses – Dopamine and the Amygdala The brain has three basic responses in forming expectations of future outcomes. They all involve the dopamine system—a set of neural circuits. When these neurons become aware of something important nearby, they set off a series of […] Read more »

Investing With The Chimp In Mind

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By James O’Loughlin, CEO of JOL Consulting When Conn’s Inc. reported its Q2 numbers on September 5 this year, its stock took an immediate beating: down 25% from a recent intra-day high of $69.32 to an interim low of $51.85. Over the following two weeks it slipped further to $47.65, for a total collapse of […] Read more »

Intuition and Impulse in a Great Trader

By Stephen Bornstein, Principal of Wall Street Counsel What Makes Some Traders Stand Out Can Also Bring Them Down A great trader is one who has the uncanny ability to predict price action based on the behavior of other market participants, particularly other professional traders. Is that skill analytical or intuitive? For the past several […] Read more »