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Zero Sum Game

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About Zero Sum Game:

This blog aims to be a resource for discussing things that I think matter in Agribusiness, Farming, Finance & Investing, offering a contrarian perspective for readers, who can think from a strategic perspective with a long term view for the future.


In a world evolving rapidly due to changes in technology and the embracing of social media, I think people have lost the skill of thinking strategically, being contrarian to the mainstream, and being able to invest with a true long term mindset. This blog is a place to put forward those positions, as fundamentally, I think knowledge equals wealth when investing in a Zero Sum Game.

“In game theory and economic theory, a zero-sum game is a mathematical representation of a situation in which each participant's gain (or loss) of utility is exactly balanced by the losses (or gains) of the utility of the other participant(s). In the financial markets, options and futures are examples of zero-sum games, excluding transaction costs. For every person who gains on a contract, there is a counter-party who loses.”

Predominately I write (I think better through the written medium), but I’ll use whatever it takes to get an idea or a point across. If the reader thinks they are involved in a discussion with Denny Crane and Alan Shore while sitting on the balcony enjoying a single malt scotch, then I’ll have achieved my aim in fostering an amicable discussion of contrary opinion.

This blog is not about personal financial advice. If you want this level of private client service you can get in touch with me @The Carey Group, or check out my profiles @LinkedIn and @Seeking Alpha.

About the Author


Short version: Strategic - Contrarian – Old School Long

Long version: I’m a Financial Adviser CFP® Professional and Finance Author based in tropical Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. Originally from a broad acre farming background in Southern New South Wales, I served for 21 years as an Officer in the Australian Army in military & international logistics, strategic planning, and in a variety of Command, Leadership and Management roles. I have served on operational deployments as a strategic planner in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, and completed an international exchange with the United States Military in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In my spare time I have also previously written for investment analysis website ‘Seeking Alpha’.

The experience I have gained from these opportunities provides a unique perspective which helps me simplify complex financial issues for clients. My farming upbringing taught me the value of a dollar, my military service and operational deployments taught me the importance of managing risk, and both reinforce the importance of planning – or as Eisenhower put it:

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything”.

As a Financial Adviser CFP® Professional I work with clients to help them quantify what personal, business, lifestyle and financial goals they wish to achieve. Once these are identified, I work in conjunction with other technical specialists to develop a comprehensive financial strategy that will help clients achieve those goals. Clients range from multi-generational farming families, medium to large scale private businesses, large regional agribusiness enterprises, and high net worth individuals and family groups.


The opportunity to help clients make their dreams a reality is why I chose to pursue a career in financial services after the military. I chose to settle in Townsville because it has 325 days of ‘fine and sunny’ weather every year, and is a great place to raise a family.


Email me at:

Colin Lea
BA, BBus, GDFP, CFP®  

Financial Adviser, Author & Veteran

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