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Risky Trading, from James Tar

August 18, 2010 |

In the last few days, my 8-months old, Dimitri, has become mobile. Not officially crawling yet. He has mastered the soldier barbed wire technique and can move a long way across my living room in a handful of seconds.

Though I would never test it officially, if I were to put out a cookie, a tennis ball, a beer, and a knife all across the living room at the same time in random order, I guarantee you he would go to the most dangerous of these objects first and then gradually move down in rank to the least dangerous object.

Aside from the thought that "he must certainly be a Tar", I think you may get my point. Perhaps it is an infant and deeply ingrained primitive quality (or instinct) for humans to be attracted to trades that are inherently more dangerous than the others in a set of opportunities. I can only imagine how many people have tried, and blown up, trading options when they should have been playing stock.


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  1. andre wallin on August 19, 2010 11:47 am

    brilliant, think the same can be said for the process of choosing one’s mate. the most dangerous choice seems to bring the most excitement, but after enough encounters you realize excitement is what needs to be avoided and homeostasis is what’s most important.

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