Here Be Monsters

A crewman on a commercial tuna-fishing boat was the first to spot it: something shiny and metallic in the water off the ship’s bow. The crewman alerted the navigator, and the 280-foot San Nikunau slightly altered course to avoid a collision. As the ship came closer, the object revealed itself to be a small boat,…

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Bobby Fischer

Interesting piece on Bobby Fischer the chess grandmaster who moved from God like status in the world of chess to be a friggen mental case in his later years. His descent into wild and irrational behaviour is far from a unique narrative, particularly in chess. The history of the game contains many similar trajectories. As…

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Commodities

I have seen a few pieces online in recent weeks predicting the end of the world as we know it because of soaring commodity prices. Some such as Jeremy Grantham one of the founders and Chief Strategist of Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo (GMO) is predicting a paradigm shift in commodity prices. To quote the opening…

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Well This Sucks

At the mid point meeting of our current mentor program much of the weekend talk was about the current state of the market – no surprise there. If you are a long term trend follower the current market sucks and unfortunately this is simply the nature of the market. There are times when it is…

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7 Suggestions for Scott Adams

Rarely has cartooning thrown up a more insightful individual than Scott Adams. His creation Dilbert the cubicle inhabiting engineer should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating doing an MBA and his Way of the Weasal is compulsory for anyone who wants understand just WTF most people in business and politics are talking about.   Adams…

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Weekend Reading

• The theory of rockets and parachutes: a primer on US gasoline prices (The Barrel) • What the Mafia teaches about fiscal policy (Olaf Storbeck) • The Bond Vigilante (The Atlantic) • Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education (The Nation) • The great corporate tax swindle (Guardian) • A Crude Guess About The Future…

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