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Protect Your Wealth from a 200-Year-Old Toxic Form of Knowledge
Nov 1, 2016

  • News is to the mind what sugar is to the body
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Do you remember your favourite teacher? What was the most precious lesson you ever learned?

One of my college professors changed the way I thought about news, media, reality, and crowd psychology.

Before I went to b-school, I was a student of mass media specialising in journalism. And one of my favourite subjects during graduation was Journalism and Public Opinion.

You see, like most other people, I grew up believing in news. There was no questioning the printed word in newspapers and the voice on news channels. I perceived them as real, absolute, objective facts.

But this particular professor, herself a respected journalist, completely changed the way I perceived the so-called facts and truth. I became completely disillusioned with the news media.

I realised that consuming too much news was not just a massive waste of time and energy...but harmful to your finances.

News is to the Mind What Sugar Is to the Body

Yes, too much news can actually lower your stock portfolio returns.

And there's proof.

Our global expert from London, Tim Price, has written a brilliant note about how news and media consumption impact your investments. Tim, an influential thinker in Vivek Kaul's global intelligence network, is a graduate of Oxford University and has 25 years of investment experience across both institutional and private client investment management.

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