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Jared Seah

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work

July 22, 2012 by Jared Seah
When we were young, we study hard so we can get good grades. With good grades, maybe our parents will love us. Upon stepping into society, we work hard so we can achieve success. With success, maybe we can find the love and the recognition our parents never gave us. The trouble is once you [...]
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The Elephant And The Rope Round His Neck

July 16, 2012 by Jared Seah
The tree loggers ran out of the forests as a herd of wild Thai elephants came marauding out to defend their habitat. In their haste, Baba, a fully grown male and domesticated elephant was left tied to a tree by a puny rope around his neck. His trainer had gone to pee and never came [...]
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The Powerful Secret To Unleashing Your Dreams!

July 13, 2012 by Jared Seah
      Wake up.       Singapore Man of Leisure (welcome to my blog; just google it!)
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Follow the crowd

July 12, 2012 by Jared Seah
I read the Straits Times with admiration and envy how some young Singaporeans were quitting their well-paid corporate jobs to join internet start-ups. Similar stories were repeated in the next weeks. You can feel the buzz in the air! Six months later, the Nasdaq dot-com bubble crashed together with the blue-eyes dreams of many… That [...]
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What do you think comes right back at you!

July 5, 2012 by Jared Seah
After asking this “what do you think?” question, how I would respond may depend on whether I am on a one-to-one situation or in a group setting. Group situation Newbie – If the question is so basic until I feel embarrassed for the enquirer, I would ask the rest of the group who can answer [...]
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What do you think?

July 3, 2012 by Jared Seah
When asked a question, what do you do? Do you straight away provide the answer, or do you encourage the person asking the question to find the answers themselves? The former is giving fish; the latter is teaching how to fish. Those who have gone through coaching or counselling trainings will know what I mean. [...]
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Average up or down?

June 28, 2012 by Jared Seah
I have an ex-colleague who is now the tai-tai of one of the big luxury watch retailers in Orchard Road. While entertaining overseas clients, she may bring them to one of our casinos. She never loses money there. OMG! How? Her system is simple. She will place a $100 bet on the roulette table on [...]
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Analysts – You win liao lor!

June 25, 2012 by Jared Seah
I wonder why there are so few analysts out there who can speak with conviction? Last Thursday, Goldman Sachs told investors sell the S&P 500: Goldman Sachs says sell S&P 500 But after the “got dragon got phoenix” spiel, they have to spoil with it with their hedge: “Still they did add a few caveats. [...]

in Categories: Active Trading

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Gold please don’t rise above USD 1700 before Oct 2012

June 20, 2012 by Jared Seah
I own paper silver (UOB silver account). Wished I had bought more. The paper and unrealised return for silver so far beats the dividend yield plays that I bought around the same time.  Silver is 50% industrial use and 50% greater fool. Guess what? Over the last weeks, I’ve been itching to buy a 100% [...]

in Categories: Investing

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Tank Design and Investing/Trading

June 13, 2012 by Jared Seah
When designing a tank, there’re 3 main considerations that need to be balanced: 1)    Firepower – what good is a tank if it can’t punch a hole through the enemy’s defences? 2)    Armour – you want to live to fight another day don’t you?  3)    Speed – or to be specific, it’s manoeuvrability. You need [...]
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Fool me thrice, shame on whom?

June 10, 2012 by Jared Seah
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice, shame on whom? Markets are funny. QE1 did not work the first time. After the initial sugar rush, it fizzled out. Same goes for QE2. Just look at the recent disappointing US jobs numbers. Yet the markets “rallied” this week [...]

in Categories: Investing

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The Two Paths – Freedom And Slavery

June 6, 2012 by Jared Seah
Source: Aesop, Fables “Zeus once ordered Prometheus to show mankind the two ways: one the way of freedom and the other the way of slavery. Prometheus made the way of freedom rough at the beginning, impassable and steep, with no water anywhere to drink, full of brambles, and beset with dangers on all sides at [...]
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Buy/Sell Until You Can Sleep Soundly

June 4, 2012 by Jared Seah
All of us are different. Hence our risk tolerance and emotional stability would be different too. A few years back, I saw a Youtube video on buying silver and one thing the video blogger said I liked very much. He was answering the question how much silver should we buy: Buy a 1 ounce silver [...]
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Singlish and Making Decisions

May 30, 2012 by Jared Seah
First, a little joke. Two Singaporeans – Ah Lim and Ah Peh – entered a pub in Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong. Ah Lim: “Send me a girl!” Ah Peh: “I want a Thai girl.” The ang moh lady bartender looked shocked and offended: “Sir, we don’t provide such services here.  If you want girls, [...]
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Chess Playing And Investing/Trading

May 21, 2012 by Jared Seah
My classmate taught me how to play chess during my secondary school days. Remember those wonderful weeks after the school exams where our teachers leave us to “study” on our  own? As a newbie, I was very surprised to be checkmated in 4 bloody short moves!? Huh?  I was “taught” how each chess pieces move; [...]
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Taking Care Of Ourselves First

May 16, 2012 by Jared Seah
When travelling on airlines, as part of the operational safety procedures, we will hear:”Please put on the oxygen mask on yourself first before tending to your children.” Isn’t it counter-intuitive to our natural instinct to protect our young ones first? Or do you know that experienced life-guards will let swimmers in trouble “drown” first before [...]
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Noise Cancellation And Retirement

May 14, 2012 by Jared Seah
Have you seen some passengers wearing their own noise cancellation headphones while travelling by air? I think is super cool and a better way to “drown-out” ambient noise than to pump up the volume. It’s better for the health of your ears and the “happiness index” of the passenger sitting next to you ;) I [...]
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The Mouse, the Frog, and the Hawk – Beware of who you hang out with

May 7, 2012 by Jared Seah
A Mouse, by an unlucky chance, formed an intimate acquaintance with a Frog. The Frog one day, intent on mischief, bound the foot of the Mouse tightly to his own. Thus joined together, the Frog led his friend to the pool in which he lived, until he reached the very brink, when suddenly jumping in, [...]
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