It’s that time of year again and here’s the Hedge Fund Telemetry holiday gift guide. We made it easy as everything can be found on Amazon with free shipping with Amazon Prime and there’s a wide variety of gifts and cool stuff you might even need to buy for yourself. If you would prefer to give a little back this year may I suggest a few charities that we strongly support. Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Comic Relief (Global relief for many causes including child poverty), Oceana (Save the oceans), Wounded Warrior Project (Support our Veterans), Robin Hood Foundation (100% of your donation goes to help New York schools, family, domestic violence, etc – Founded by my friend Paul Tudor Jones and the results are measurable over the years).
I only have two finance books to recommend currently. I probably should post throughout the year what I’m reading as I tend to read a book a month however I didn’t think I’d like this book by Stephen Schwarzman from Blackstone but I found it really compelling and highly recommend it for all ages of current and future entrepreneurs. The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution is what I’m reading now and many people told I’d love it and it even has surpassed my highest expectations and I’m not even done. A few years ago before starting Hedge Fund Telemetry (which I’m glad I did), someone gave me Mark Manson’s book The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck which I found quite entertaining and therapeutic. His new book is Everything Is F*cked – A Book About Hope is good too. He’s blunt and hits the right notes. Buy them both as a combo. By the way, I read it on the Metro North Train commuting into NYC and I got some looks. I have three daughters from 20-32 and I was urged by a millennial Hedge Fund Telemetry member to buy my daughters this book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now. I have tons of respect for him and he swears it changed his life. If you have kids in their twenties this might be better than all the therapy you’re paying for while you hope they will grow up.
Sound upgrades for the desktop, mobile, and home
I love music and listen to music every day when I’m writing my notes. If I’m going to be in front of screens for 10 hours a day I want a great sound. My current computer set up uses a pair of Kef LSX Wireless speakers. I have stands on the sides of my desk and these are better than anything by far if you like near audiophile quality sound and with the ability to crank up the volume. I also have a Kef Subwoofer which really adds a needed punch. When I’m mobile I really like the new Apple AirPods Pro. When I’m home I have a full Sonos system that is one of the few electronic products I’ve bought ever that has a simple and quick setup that even my wife who is technology challenged uses easily. You can start with the Sonos One, step up to the Sonos 3, or go all-in with the Sonos 5 and get a Sonos Subwoofer. You can buy two speakers and on the app, on your phone, you can easily turn them into stereo sound which I highly recommend.
large Screen envy
I’m asked every so often what are the monitors I use on my trading desk. I have three Samsung 32-Inch 4K Curved Gaming Monitors and they work well with plenty of real estate for many charts and market monitors. The price for what you get is good at $398 and having the high definition resolution is a must so don’t waste your money on the cheaper lower resolution versions.
I bought a Levoit air purifier this year and I believe it’s been helpful to keep the air clean with less dust in my office and around the house. After going to visit my daughter in college I think this might be good for her dorm room too.
Our favorite gloves
I’ve been wearing Hestra Gloves for years and I have given them out as gifts to family and friends which have always been a hit. They make all sorts of gloves from men to women to kids. Leisure, commuting, outdoor work, and skiing. You can’t go wrong here especially since people will always think of you when their hands are nice and warm in the winter.
Power for your phone
I love portable batteries to charge my phone when on the go. The Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000 Ultra Slim Power Bank is about the size of your phone and really charges phones fast and much faster than using a power cable in the car. It’s a good gift for a spouse or your kids so they always have a charged phone.
Sure thing candles for her or a nice hostess gift
An daily investment in your health
Every day I have a regime where I drink a glass of water with Athletic Greens which is a superfood powder and I consider it an investment in myself. I also have a Clean Program shake every day. The Clean Program is a 21-day program I’ve done twice a year where you have a shake (frozen blueberries my choice) in the morning, a big salad to fill me up for lunch, and a shake at night. No caffeine (brutal) alcohol, gluten, sugar, red meat, and a few other no no’s. I lose about 10 lbs on average and at the end of the 21 days and I feel great. It is really fun to do this with a spouse or even challenge a group in your office to do this over 21 days. “Misery loves company” in some respects but when it’s done everyone will feel and look great and for some, it will be a real a life-changer. I now just have a shake as daily maintenance. Info on the Clean Program is here. If you need a blender that rocks the Vitamix is my choice.
I love wine and there are two must-have accessories. First, to open wine I like this Rabbit like opener and then I started using the Coravin wine preservation system. You never know when you want just one more glass and you won’t feel guilty opening it. Wine Folly is a good book if you’re interested in learning more about wines around the world.
Tumi Luggage has been the brand of choice over the years and for short trips, this is an excellent piece of luggage. It has 4 wheels so it won’t fall over too. These Tile trackers are pretty helpful for tracking luggage or anything including dogs or your teenager’s car.
My wife loves to cook but we have a small kitchen so this Wolf Countertop Convection Oven has come in handy as an extra oven or if heating up leftovers. It does have a toaster too but it takes a while so if you need to toast quickly this Wolf two-slice toaster is pretty decadent. This year I tried out Sous Vide cooking and this Breville tool is really good. There are also a bunch of accessories that you will want to buy too if you try this style of cooking out (airtight sealer, the plastic tub). It syncs with your phone and you can never over/under cook. Once it’s done you can quickly grill it to sear the outside while the inside is perfect. One of my FAVORITE cooking tools and is a must is the Thermopen. It’s unreal how quick it can tell you the exact temperature. No more guessing if something is medium-rare or if you overcooked something. I will never cook anything especially grilling without it. Why risk a fight with your spouse, this is an insurance policy.
Keeping it cool or hot with Yeti
The Yeti Rambler 30 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler will keep your drinks cold or hot to the last drop. My wife likes cold chardonnay and this YETI Rambler 10 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Wine Tumbler also comes in navy blue which is her favorite color so this gift will be used this summer on the boat. To carry drinks and bottles of wine this larger YETI Hopper M30 Portable Soft Cooler gets the job done.
a road Cycling safety must have
As many of you know I’m a big road cyclist, his summer I was riding with a neighbor who had a Garmin computer which I have as well but he had a rear tail light that also a radar that sensed when cars were coming up from behind. It sent a sound to the computer in time for use to go single file and to the side of the road. I knew I needed this ASAP as my biggest fear is having a car hit me from behind. The combo Garmin computer and rear radar with light could save your life.