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ABOUT: The Retarded* Hedge Fund Manager

Hi, I’m a (retired) hedge fund manager, a robotics and AI enthusiast… and a 310 lbs bench presser

-among many other things

/Mikael Syding

(e-mail: mikael.syding@gmail.com)

 

I want to give you a perspective on education, career and life

This site, my free eBook(s) and newsletter are all about providing you with reference points from my experience, distilled into methods to improve and grow, to prosper in the face of societal challenges and rapid technological evolution.

First and foremost I want to show by example that there is a way to fulfilment without being a total dick.

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The European Hedge Fund Manager Of The Decade

After a long career as Europe’s best hedge fund manager, being a royally laureled natural science student and spending 30 years in the gym (and studying 3 different martial arts), I have a broad perspective and deep tool box of practical methods that I can share with you.

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As a scientist, statistician, economist, investor and weight lifter, I apply Occam’s Razor to everything, to cut through the BS and shine light on what actually works – and the shortest and most effective route there.

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Expect optimization articles on Investing, Education, Skills, Career choices, Psychology, Brain Science, Habits, Philosophy, Technology, Finance, Economy, Health and Fitness – and more.

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The Newsletter

I recommend you sign up for my Newsletter to receive updates, as well as access to my free eBook about making and managing big money. It’s guaranteed spam free. And more books are coming, e.g. Retard’s Playbook.

http://mikaelsyding.com/the-retarded-hedge-fund-manager/

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There will be some fun as well, amidst all the serious life guiding and mentoring:

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Take advantage of somebody retarded

-I’ve been getting better at getting better a very long time

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Yes, I have received the award The European Hedge Fund Manager of the Decade (2000-2009), I ralso eceived a physics award from the hands of the Swedish King in 1990 (no, not the Nobel Prize), and I programmed and sold my own video games in 1983.

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– So, that happened. It’s history and quite rightly you wouldn’t and shouldn’t give a rat’s ass about my career.

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What’s more important is how and why it happened. What brought me there and what can propel you to your goals, whatever they might be? I explain more in my first e-book (free for subscribers to my newsletter).

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Improve your life

This is where I show you how to identify and achieve your desires, getting results in life, while enjoying it and not being a dick

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-But first, why would you ever listen to me? This is why:

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I applied persistence and leverage to what little talent I had and came out on top. You can do that too with a little guidance. The following short and partial biography shows how little I had going for me and how far I got. If you keep reading, I’m certain you’ll be able to glean advice from my posts and books (subscribe) on how you can emulate my success.

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Mikael Syding: The Retarded…

In 2010, I accepted the award for European Hedge Fund Of The Decade 2000-2009, at a gala in London, in the capacity of partner (we were three partners), portfolio manager and managing director for Futuris Asset Management AB.

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Hundreds of my closest competitors were gathered at the event (read more in my e-book about “The Retarded* Hedge Fund Manager” which is free for all subscribers)

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Born in the eternal night above the polar circle, bullied as a child…

-Who am I?

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I was born in the coldest part of the winter of 1972, in Jukkasjärvi/Kiruna, above the polar circle in Sweden. Yes, close to where the Ice Hotel is located. I almost froze to death in the first week, when our old Ford Taunus broke down during a 100 mile transfer between hospitals.

 

 

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I was bullied in school for being short and thin, a year younger than my peers, and talking with a northern accent. I turned my energy toward the fairness and predictability of mathematics and computers, which taught me discipline, patience, algebra, language, logic… – and programming too. Learning these valuable skills early on, rather than acquiescing at formal school’s snail pace, enabled me to leave all competition and bullies far behind.

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The sum of my experiences also made me a libertarian, transhumanist, singularitarian, flexitarian and atheist, but more about that somewhere else

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Come graduation from high school, I was made flag bearer, as well as received a large scholarship directly from the hands of His Majesty the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf (for excelling in math and physics over the course of three years). I chose between studying chemistry (I just might have become a real life Breaking Bad) and applying for Sweden’s most prestigious college; Stockholm School of Economics. Partly to poke a finger in the eye of my former bullies, I chose the latter and moved to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

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I began with nothing, in a new city, with no education, no friends, no contacts, no family and worked myself to a significant negative net worth, by accumulating a student debt to study finance.

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After a couple of dog years (1994-1996), at a third tier broker firm, things took off, e.g., resulting in me helping inflate the stock market IT bubble, and rendered me a Swedish number 1 analyst ranking in my industry sector, andculminated with award ceremonies in 2009-2011 in London for outstanding performance.

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The pinnacle of my formal career was the Hedge Fund Of The Decade award in 2010 – in competition with thousands of other hard working hedge funds throughout Europe.

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I decided to retire* a few years later, to free up time for more productive endeavors; for life chapter II. My last day as Managing Director, member of the board of Futuris etc. was on January 1, 2015.

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Bookmark the blog, and subscribe to my newsletter, to get a retard’s perspective on life’s most important choices; on how to enjoy life, while finding and reaching your goals.

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*OK, maybe that should be “retired” hedge fund manager, but “retarded” still sounds about right and resonances with my unorthodox, irreverent and often contrarian style

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Oh, and I go to the gym every other day – for about an hour’s worth of weight lifting. Yes, that’s all it takes for a 40+ year old office worker to get this, if done effectively:

 

Trial and error built this 40+ year old body. No cardio. No dieting.

 

 

What?! Wait. You want to know more about me?

Favorite villain: the quantum statues in Dr Who – blink and you’re dead(transported in time and left to die of old age eventually)

 

Inspirational people: Julia Louis Dreyfus, Ray Kurzweil, Richard Feynman, Brian Cox

 

Nope, never killed anyone – just came very close a few times. Hardly been in jail either.

Injuries: 8 concussions, 2 torn ACLs (reconstructed from my hamstring tendons), probably broke a few bones here and there in my hands, feet, wrists etc. but never bothered to check it up. I waited 13 years before diagnosing my first torn ACL… Retarded.

 

Even more?!

Quotes and stuff:

Too weird to live, too rare to die (me and you)

When you come to a fork in the road – take it (yep… take it)

We’ve traveled this way before (we are star dust, literally)

Try pouring a ton of steel without rigid principles (principles are principles)

Every man is an island (yes we are, even if 99% of our genes are bacterial)

 

2 good tunes

Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata #14 in C sharp minor)

All I Need – Within Temptation

 

I’ve got a dog

 

-A rescue dog. She was born in late 2007/ early 2008, and escaped from a burning apartment (in March 2014) that was filled with… well, look at the pictures below. Since then she’s gained 30% in bodyweight and moved to my apartment (December 17, 2014).

 

 

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Det verkar ganska livat här trots sajtens unga ålder. Det blir garanterat givande.

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Välkommen! Trodde först detta var ett bot-konto eftersom de också körde engelska. Skönt att så inte var fallet. Välkommen in i värmen!

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