Associations: Financial Analysts’ Beauty and their Performance [new study]

Looking for advice on your investment portfolio? If so, you might be able to gain an advantage by making sure that your financial advisor is (generally considered to be) physically ‘attractive’. According to a new study published in the journal Management Science, they tend to give better advice than their less alluring colleagues. “In this […]

Fock: Performance of Candlestick Analysis

A researcher named Fock, together with some colleagues, throws water on a financial investment practice called “candlestick analysis”: “Performance of Candlestick Analysis on Intraday Futures Data,” J. Henning Fock, et. al., Journal of Derivatives, Fall 2005, Vol. 13, No. 1: pp. 28-40. The authors write: “Many practitioners use technical trading in derivatives markets, especially futures. […]

Boys Will Be Boys: Financial Trading

Manly and womanly behavior diverge when people play the stock market, hints this report: “Boys Will Be Boys: Gender, Overconfidence, and Common Stock Investmen,” Brad Barber and Terrance Odean, Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 116, no. 1, February 2001, pp. 261-92 ( The authors, at the University of California, Davis, report: Theoretical models predict that […]