Midas Touch: Finger Length Associated With Financial Success

  by  |  January 12th, 2009  |  Published in All, Blog


 |  Stumble |  Share on Facebook |  Tweet This | 

The famous Greek myth about King Midas is that he was offered a wish by the god Dionysus, and the king asked that whatever he touched would turn to gold. This, of course, backfired when old goldfinger found himself unable to eat, drink, or touch a loved one without giving them a million-drachma makeover.

But while King Midas was taken too literally by the Greek gods, his legacy seems to live on among stock market traders. New research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives evidence that finger length can predict financial success.

Previous research had indicated that the length ratio of the index finger to the ring finger (the 2D:4D) can predict relative levels of prenatal androgen exposure. The longer the fourth finger, the higher the level of those steroids, and also—studies have shown—a greater chance of success in competitive activities such as sports.

So researchers at the University of Cambridge took this theory and applied it to the financial world, and found that the 2D:4D ratio was a good predictor of profitability in stock market traders, as well.

Forty-four “noise” traders—those that rapidly trade securities sometime every few seconds—were chosen from the trading floor in London and measured for 2D:4D. After ruling out age as an influencing factor, it was found that a low 2D:4D was a good indicator of successful Profit & Loss Statements—an accepted measure of performance in the trading industry.

Noise, or “high-frequency,” trading is a physically and mentally demanding process that requires sharp focus, quick reaction time, and the ability to visually scan and process information. Androgenic steroids can provide the type of biological boost that makes one individual more susceptible to these traits. The prenatal exposure to this steroid has an organizing effect on the developing brain that often later results in increased confidence, risk preferences, and heightened vigilance.

The researchers also think that a low 2D:4D, along with the number of years’ experience, can predict a high-frequency trader’s success over the long term.

Of course, with the global financial markets in a quagmire, this news about traders could be irrelevant to investors, who might have a different finger in mind: 3D.

 |  Stumble |  Share on Facebook |  Tweet This | 


Responses

  1. Midas Touch: Finger Length Associated With Financial Success | ScienCentral | Science Videos | Science News « My Stoop says:

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:46 pm (#)

    [...] Midas Touch: Finger Length Associated With Financial Success | ScienCentral | Science Videos | Science News Midas Touch: Finger Length Associated With Financial Success | ScienCentral | Science Videos | Scien…. [...]

  2. Lark says:

    October 7th, 2011 at 1:05 am (#)

    Your website has to be the elcretoinc Swiss army knife for this topic.

  3. nlrubcx says:

    October 10th, 2011 at 11:01 am (#)

    Jmu6e7 gvofacudrshc

  4. Brittney says:

    June 9th, 2013 at 4:52 am (#)

    Hi there every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of familiarity, so it’s nice to read this webpage, and I used to visit this webpage everyday.

  5. day trading investing says:

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:00 pm (#)

    Do not start trading until you have a good understanding of how the stock market functions.

    Take a few weeks to read about trading, join a seminar or take a class to learn
    how to invest your money smartly and manage your stocks like a professional.
    Think of your education as an investment.
    __________________________________________________________________________

    My Blog day trading investing

  6. get a job lebowski says:

    December 16th, 2013 at 3:46 pm (#)

    Many thanks for almost every other informative site. In which otherwise may just I am getting that type of info designed in such an suitable approach? I own a venture that I’m right now running upon, and that i have been receiving the look out and about for similarly info.

  7. best gradual self tanner says:

    August 2nd, 2014 at 6:56 am (#)

    We’ll show how to accomplish this with just a few
    simple steps. The most incredibly efficient solutions and options encompass a
    dynamic piece referred to as DHA. There is no reason to be self-conscious about your
    body in front of the woman, or man, who is tanning
    you.

    my website: best gradual self tanner

  8. bathroom rubber mats says:

    August 21st, 2014 at 4:41 am (#)

    Although some people may complain about how they do not
    have time to exercise, it is actually simpler than they may think.
    Thus, even if you’re not on the treadmill anymore, your body continues to
    burn calories like crazy, making you lose fat even when you’re talking or lazing around.

    A professional basketball team is looking to get a different sports floor compared to a high school
    gym.

    Take a look at my weblog – bathroom rubber mats

  9. allied moving and storage winnipeg says:

    August 27th, 2014 at 11:13 pm (#)

    Remember that your ex-girlfriend has moved on and no amount
    of sulking will make her come back so get up
    and get your life back. Hey, the moving company reserved your truck and has to hopefully be able to book it within the
    next 48 hours in order to make up for the lost revenue.
    The expense apart from covering the vehicle also
    involves in spending for the moving boxes.

    Here is my web site – allied moving and storage winnipeg

  10. Boca Raton CPA jobs says:

    September 9th, 2014 at 4:49 am (#)

    Corporate Taxes: All business structures pay taxes on the
    income made in that particular business. When working under
    GAAP, revenues and gains have completely separate definitions.
    You would possibly make an sum of cash similar to a consequence of the Regional group.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog Boca Raton CPA jobs

  11. weight loss on the hcg diet says:

    September 12th, 2014 at 7:16 pm (#)

    It also lets you add multiple portion sizes for your own foods.

    Weight loss products are everywhere, in television and radio commercials, newspaper and magazine advertisements and on hoardings and pillars.
    This will be accomplished while the egg cells are stored.

    Also visit my web site; weight loss on the hcg diet

  12. laser hair regrowth products reviews says:

    September 13th, 2014 at 8:23 pm (#)

    It is an unfortunate irony that many “nutritional” products people take to improve their appearance have the side effect of causing them to
    go bald. However, it comes with a relatively steep price tag of $500
    or more. Speaking of ball game, do you know that you can advertise
    using your bald head.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post laser hair regrowth products reviews

  13. movers in san antonio says:

    September 14th, 2014 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Pls avoid face all show, bang do one row, try to make
    both sides hair have fleeciness feeling, unfavorable to keep long straight
    hair, such as: mushrooms hairstyle, short Xiu – Zhi
    hair,students’hairstyle;. Also with a good mover, your valuable goods
    are insured because most of packers movers provide comprehensive insurance coverage service.

    Moving interstate will cause you some stress although it
    will also be exciting. However, one thing you need to ensure before
    availing the services is that the company has a
    substantial list of contented clients. Your other option is to sell your metal scrap or give it away
    to your local dealers who buy scrap metal. Particularly,
    in offices and corporate arenas, cleanliness is an inevitable parameter.
    Accommodation Apartments Edinburgh is the name of luxury, these apartments famous in all over the world due to their features.
    You will also need to establish how permanent your angel theme will be.
    The other mesmerizing peculiarity is that the relationships amongst
    fdi inbound outbound. Unanticipated incidents or
    acts of God such as fire or floods can be dangerous for every single business who relies on their stored paperwork.

    my weblog movers in san antonio

  14. bandage dress cheap uk says:

    September 16th, 2014 at 12:34 am (#)

    Any type of gold chain, ring, or earrings, can give someone a relaxed
    style, and also look very trendy for this season. Not only is Junior sized clothing not cut for a woman’s figure, it also shows more skin that we would like.

    ‘Oh, she looks amazing in that dress, but I would never be able to
    pull it off because of my ____________ ________ ‘ (insert excuse
    here).

    Look into my web blog – bandage dress cheap uk

  15. marine freezer option for jeanneau says:

    September 19th, 2014 at 5:50 am (#)

    You don’t want to linger until the last minute to make your plan so I would recommend reading the waterway guidebook in advance.
    Wherever you go, different rules may apply, and
    some of them will be regional only. If you are a foreigner unlikely to return if allowed to leave, you will not be able
    to post a bond.

    my blog post :: marine freezer option for jeanneau

  16. Boca Raton las vegas CPA jobs says:

    September 23rd, 2014 at 3:12 am (#)

    For example, if your home office is 100 square feet and your home is a total of 2000 square
    feet, then your percentage is 5%. They come to the picture even in divorce cases in order to establish compensation that is
    needed for child support or spouses. Avoid hype or
    gimmicks and let people know exactly what to expect and what they are required to do in order to receive what
    they are being offered.

    My web-site :: Boca Raton las vegas CPA jobs

  17. weight loss program says:

    September 23rd, 2014 at 9:54 am (#)

    The HCG hormone stimulates the hypothalamus gland, which regulates your metabolism.
    This is the opposite of other programs, in which ads must specify
    “results not typical. When you are doing caloric cycling you will have burn days and feed days.

    Feel free to surf to my web-site weight loss program

  18. domain says:

    October 13th, 2014 at 6:07 am (#)

    Truly when someone doesn’t know afterward its up to other users that they will assist, so here it takes place.

  19. basketball books For 10 Year olds says:

    December 2nd, 2014 at 12:32 pm (#)

    I used to be recommended this blog through my cousin. I’m no longer sure whether or
    not this publish is written through him as no one else recognize
    such distinctive approximately my difficulty.
    You’re wonderful! Thanks!

  20. veroniquelzj.wordpress.com says:

    January 11th, 2015 at 9:11 am (#)

    Celebs should leave the plastic Barbie doll look to stars of adult films
    and reality TV. He will also ask you about your expectations from
    the procedure including your preferred breast size. One of the so called “cosmetic miracles” that
    resulted to a lot of men and women to look much younger than their years is Botox.

    Look at my weblog: plastic surgery in korea appearance,
    veroniquelzj.wordpress.com,

  21. free games says:

    March 19th, 2015 at 6:33 pm (#)

    This paragraph will assist the internet people for
    creating new webpage or even a blog from start
    to end.

  22. hly recommended Webpage says:

    May 17th, 2015 at 1:51 pm (#)

    click here for the best no credit score available

  23. Scrap metal says:

    May 26th, 2015 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Many thanks for posting this Scrap metal. I have been previously in search of like that. Good info I most certainly will return for the details linked to the Cabbage Soup Eating plan.

Leave a Response


Archives


Clicky Web Analytics