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Wanna Be A Great Trader? Size Matters... Finger Size
zero hedge ^ | 5/16/14 | tyler durden

Posted on 05/16/2014 5:45:31 PM PDT by Nachum

Take a moment and look at your hands. Specifically, compare the length of your ring finger to the one you use to point. Is the ring finger longer or shorter than your pointer, and by how much? It turns out that the answer to that question can tell a lot about your mental abilities and appetite for risk. As ConvergEx's Nick Colas details, a 2009 study of mostly male traders working in London found that the ones with longer ring fingers were generally more profitable than those with shorter ones. Traders with the largest fourth finger/second (pointer) finger ratios actually made 11 times more than those with the smallest.

Via ConvergEx's Nick Colas,

A 2012 study of entrepreneurs in Italy showed that highly successful female entrepreneurs tended to have longer ring fingers as well. Researchers believe that the causal link between digits on your hand and in your bank account goes all the way back to the womb. No, finger length is not the only thing that makes you successful in this business. But it clearly doesn’t seem to hurt.

Occasionally I happen upon a theme for one of these notes that seems to stretch well into the distant horizon of the unbelievable. This is one of those days. Still, at ConvergEx we follow the data wherever it leads and we also have an abiding respect for the scientific process. So buckle up – here goes.

The length of your ring finger relative to your pointer digit is a useful proxy for a whole host of personality traits and aptitude for the world of high finance. So take a look at your hand, and check to see which is longer.

If your ring finger is longer than your pointer, then:

You are likely a better athlete than your peers.

(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


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The comments are better than the article :)
1 posted on 05/16/2014 5:45:31 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

At least we didn’t pay for this study.


2 posted on 05/16/2014 5:48:56 PM PDT by wastedyears (I'm a pessimist, I say plenty of negative things. Consider it a warning of sorts.)
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To: Nachum

I always knew it wasn’t my fault!


3 posted on 05/16/2014 5:50:09 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: wastedyears
At least we didn’t pay for this study.

Hey, Obama is looking at his fingers right now.

4 posted on 05/16/2014 5:50:16 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

Well, I did!


5 posted on 05/16/2014 5:54:30 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Nachum
If your ring finger is longer than your pointer, then:

You are likely a better athlete than your peers.

In that case my peers are beyond lousy athletes.

6 posted on 05/16/2014 6:10:33 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Nachum

So is this why loser aways show your their finger length?


7 posted on 05/16/2014 6:24:25 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more.)
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To: Nachum
Ya know that piece floating around on Muchelle about how she's really male?

One point was that her index-ring finger length ratio is the male "norm" (ring>index), rather than the female (index>ring), at least according to the piece.

Haven't paid attention to BHO's...

8 posted on 05/16/2014 6:30:49 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Nachum

Gee.... these days, I’m just a li’l ole mother and housewife, but my fingers say maybe I ought to change professions. ;-)


9 posted on 05/16/2014 6:34:33 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Nachum

You know what they say about big fingers, right?


10 posted on 05/16/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT by Rodamala (Big rings.)
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To: Nachum

I should have been a trader!


11 posted on 05/16/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by Excellence (Marine mom since April 11, 2014)
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To: Excellence

I actually had an offer to be an early version of a “quant” for a company trading on the CBOE. I figured that if I took the job, I’d be driving a Ferrari in my mid-30’s, like all the others, until I died of a heart attack in my mid-40’s, like all the others. I don’t regret this decision. And yes, I have a MUCH longer ring finger.


12 posted on 05/16/2014 7:17:08 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Yo-Yo

“In that case my peers are beyond lousy athletes.”

In that case, my peers are permanently stuck to sofa cushions.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Nachum

I believe for lady traders the measurement ratios are taken elsewhere.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 7:23:11 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Nachum
http://www.tylervigen.com/

Spurious Correlations.

A great site for times when you just need to start your government grant with a new study!

(Taken from the comment section of the above article)

15 posted on 05/16/2014 7:47:40 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Nachum

So, what, flipping bigger birds is an important skill as trader?


16 posted on 05/16/2014 8:10:04 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Nachum

Not everyone points with the same finger.


17 posted on 05/16/2014 8:48:20 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: Nachum

The authors sound like window-front astrologers.

Take a look at my middle finger, guys.


18 posted on 05/16/2014 9:27:07 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Rodamala

Big gloves?


19 posted on 05/17/2014 2:33:31 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Nachum

I remember when having a long digit finger indicated that you were likely to be homosexual. As the actor, Nathan Lane, pointed out, that’s why you only see Kevin Spacey wearing mittens.


20 posted on 05/17/2014 4:30:10 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: muir_redwoods

Yep!


21 posted on 05/17/2014 4:31:25 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: muir_redwoods

Yep!


22 posted on 05/17/2014 4:36:01 AM PDT by Rodamala
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