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Video: CFA Program success – DEEPER mindsets to pass

This is a follow up video to the first one that I made on the CFA Program. In it, I go deeper into the mindsets needed to pass, based on some of the comments that I got on the first video and some points that I thought needed to be addressed.

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book review

Top 20 Books I Read in 2015

There were lots of good ones to choose from which made this hard, but here’s the list that I paired down of the top 20 books that I’ve read in 2015.

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markets

The Black Swan comes to MMA

In case you’re hiding under a rock, you missed an amazing MMA fight last night between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey—unless you’re one of the Vegas bookies, in which case things didn’t turn out pretty at all, according to news reports.

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The Sad Story of Sequoia Fund

To be clear, I’m not gloating with this article. Sequoia prior to recent events was a storied mutual fund with a solid track record. It is, however, now a case study in when risk management goes wrong, and when a 30% position blows up.

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markets

Why more isn’t better when it comes to news

The front page of CNN.com right now has zero articles on the Polish  election, but it does have articles articles on Adele, “Celeb couples who have reconciled”, and “Selfies of the week”. This is why I can’t watch most mainstream news.

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book review

Book Review: Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

I posted a new YouTube video reviewing Nate Silver’s book Signal and the Noise. It’s definitely worth reading, so check it out. Video below.

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markets

Market Commentary—Earnings, Wal-Mart, and Energy

The S&P 500 is down roughly 5 percent over the last 3 months. There are a number of bearish signs to look out for, although there could be some opportunities in distressed debt.

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book review

Lose the ego: Do you want to look good, or actually be good?

I read K. Black’s book on strength training, Tactical Barbell, and it was the kind of book that I wish I had come across years ago. He recently came out with Tactical Barbell II, focused on conditioning, and it has a lot of wisdom that goes beyond physical training.

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book review

The 7 most important lessons from Elon Musk’s biography

I picked up a copy of Ashlee Vance’s biography on Elon Musk. It’s worth reading. Here are the key takeaways that I got about Musk’s rise to success.

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career development

New video: How to build a solid network

I just finished up a new YouTube video on networking, going beyond the basics that you’ve already read or heard about elsewhere. Check it out at the link below.

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Keep hustling,

Alex Cook