At the risk of enhancing stereotypes or inflaming passions I give you the following graphic. Each dot on the graphic indicates where Americans think Ukraine is. Interestingly a large number stuck it in the US itself and some particularly misguided souls dropped it into the Outback. Source – The Washington Post  

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The Daily Show – Matt Taibbi

I have held the opinion that Matt Taibbi formerly of Rolling Stone is currently the best financial journalist going around. Here he is on the Daily Show talking about his new book The Divide. Click the image below to be taken to the show.

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Since the NDX has had a bit of a hissy fit and has stumbled out of bed I thought i would take at a few of the structural elements that might be making things a little bit bumpy for tech related issues. On a casual viewing it seems as if the new disruptors are the…

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Look Out Below

Probably not the best start to the day ahead. The thing that has interested me over the past few days is how poorly the NASDAQ has been performing – to my eye it looks as if the uptrend from June has been breached. I will have a better look after the mornings data dump.

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A Nods As Good As A Wink

A new study led by the University of Exeter and Swansea University has pinpointed the changes in the brain that lead gamblers to react in the same way to near-misses as they do to winning. The research shows that near-misses are underpinned by increases in the brain’s electrical activity, particularly in the theta frequency range…

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Motivation Monday

As a Richmond supporter and former Jeep Wrangler owner I couldn’t resist posting something on old Tom. White t-shirts are never so cool as when being worn by Tom irrespective of the weather.

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What A Top Idea

Vietnam is sentencing corrupt bankers to death by firing squad. Others just get life behind bars. BANGKOK — For the most part, American bankers whose rash pursuit of profit brought on the 2008 global financial collapse didn’t get indicted. They got bonuses. Odds are that scandal would have played out differently in Vietnam, another nation…

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What Are these Things?

When I opened IG’s dealing system the other day I noticed these widgets on the home page. They seem to change each day or so whenever there is some new impending announcement. i understand their function from a marketing point of view but was actually wondering whether anyone paid attention to them. The problem as…

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Economists Again….

Whilst driving I heard in passing on the radio that this weekend is some super big deal thingy for the technologically backward industry known as real estate. Apparently some 1200 homes are going to be auctioned this weekend in that antiquated process whereby people stand out the front of a building and some of them…

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Cumulative 52 Week High-Lows

Every time I have the misfortune to accidentally be within earshot of a US news broadcast regarding markets it seems I am assailed by the magic 52 week high. The thinking behind this metric is quite sound – if stocks are making new yearly highs then the market is sound. Being a cumulative index it…

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Grit And The Secret Of Success

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,” Chuck Close scoffed. “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,” Tchaikovsky admonished. “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,” Isabel…

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