Here’s a bit of news that’s sure to inspire some uncomfortable jokes on the trading floor: A Cambridge University research team found that stock traders’ performance, and their willingness to take risks, may be partly, well, hormonal.
Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone, which Landis claims is either a mistake or the result of natural bodily processes. He was tested after his near-superhuman comeback win on an Alpine stage of the race, which the New York Times called perhaps the greatest single-day push in Tour history. If this accusation proves true, Wheaties may have to find a new cover boy.
Men shown pictures of attractive women fared worse in financial games than men who hadn’t seen the pictures. The more testosterone a man had, the more his attention waned. After 10,000 years of anecdotal evidence, did we really need a scientific study to verify this one?