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PokemonGO


Sorry, but to me the PokemonGO craze is just symptomatic of a desperate collective trying to escape from an uninspiring world. Sad.

There have always been fads (mine were yoyo’s and scateboards!) but unlike today’s versions which draw you into an enclosed world and drain your experiences of the outside world.

Talking to people (in particular the young and those from Asian backgrounds) is now an exercise in fighting to gain eye contact. Their phone is their most important possession, indeed studies have shown that a significant percentage would rather lose their hearing than their phone.

So our society doesn’t offer them enough to keep their interest in the real world, or is this just a fad?

If not a fad, then insurance companies will have to add “this policy does not cover self harm, including walking into objects or dangerous situations whilst your attention is distracted by using a smartphone.”

And who would have seen that coming??

Do media headlines or economic data rule the global financial trading markets?


Over the past two years unprecedented international market volatility, caused by the Global Financial Crisis, have made all previous methods of predicting market directions obsolete.

Will this continue? If so, in what form? Has the market always been driven by media releases and the Global Financial Crisis has exposed this, or do ‘tested’ methods of market prediction such as charting still have a place in funds management, stock trading and currency movements?

Here in South Australia, where the full effect of this crisis has yet to be realised, will investors react to the media or market data? Or both? When the media is negative and market data positive which direction does the market move in?

The recent volatility has irrevocably altered how investors view market information, and the intellectual conundrum I intend to question is “In future will traders be swayed by analysis of market data or by collective media reports?’.