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Finger length determines your financial future?

When I was young, my grandmother told me that I would become rich someday because I have long fingers.

My reaction was, “what the…?!” I was only 10 years old by then. Thirteen years to date, I stumbled upon the same notion in this Yahoo! News story:

The length of a man’s ring finger may predict his success as a financial trader. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in England report that men with longer ring fingers, compared to their index fingers, tended to be more successful in the frantic high-frequency trading in the London financial district.

Indeed, the impact of biology on success was about equal to years of experience at the job, the team led by physiologist John M. Coates reports in Monday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The same ring-to-index finger ratio has previously been associated with success in competitive sports such as soccer and basketball, the researchers noted.

The length ratio between those two fingers is determined during the development of the fetus and the relatively longer ring finger indicates greater exposure to the male hormone androgen, the researchers noted.

Previous studies have found that such exposure can lead to increased confidence, risk preferences, search persistence, heightened vigilance and quickened reaction times.

Read the whole story, though some would doubt it outright, it offers a good explanation of its scientific basis. With the current financial crisis looming in our horizons, many would find this interesting because most Pinoys are superstitious.

However, I take it on a positive note because small signs are enough to give us a little more push to be more hopeful as we face the coming times.

Though at this point, I’d like to emphasize that it’s not enough to be superstitious and look for signs or omens of good fortune. As shown in the story I’ve mentioned, it is worth nothing that having long ring fingers are not enough to become rich. Those who were studied were active and aggressive traders.

It simply means that we too must also be active and aggressive, not only hopeful, in doing the things that earn us wealth no matter its scale.

Good fortunes may be determined by hormones evidenced by long fingers, but it is with our hardworking, creative, resourceful and powerful hands that we actually make our wealth.

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  1. man’s long ring finger? not bad, its quite interesting though, yeah your right, we should not only base on the idea that this would really happen, but somehow it gives you a push through on what your going to do.