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They say great minds think alike. I don't know whether that's true, but there is a tendency for things I like to appear in multiple different venues and that makes me happy.

One of my favorite threads in the Quiet Speculation Insider Forum is the "Rate My Trade" thread. People post a trade they made and the Insiders chime in and tell them how they did. I liked that idea a lot, and listeners to Brainstorm Brewery started sending in trades they had done but with the caveat that they do not tell us on which side of the trade they were in an attempt not to bias us. The cast members talked about which side of the trade they preferred, and sometimes the answers were split if the trade was close. Personal trade philosophy informed the decision and sort of challenged the notion of inherent value. All in all it was a fun exercise and the "blind" twist on it made it more compelling if you ask me.

We haven't done that on the podcast in a while, and not everyone is a Quiet Speculation Insider (yet!), but if you want to get your fix, Reddit is continuing their "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" trend and doing their own trade thread every week.

Here it is

To the extent that something that has only happened one time can be considered weekly, the Magic Finance subreddit is going to be doing a weekly trade thread. Chime in and let them know how you think they did. Propose your own question. Encourage them to post their trades "blind" so you can decide which side truly won.

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on Gatheringmagic.com. He is also the Community Manager at BrainstormBrewery.com and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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