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Staggering Stat of The Day

I got bounced this list of stats – Forty-five million Americans (one in seven) are on food stamps. One in seven is unemployed or underemployed. The percentage of those out of work defined as long-term unemployed is the highest (42%) since the Great Depression. Fifty-four percent of college graduates younger than 25 are unemployed or…

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Junk Mail

One of the more persistent pieces of spam to fill my inbox is those little gems that relate to people or software’s ability to predict the market. I suppose this is the joy of having an email address that has the word trading in it. They generally start their pitch with something along the lines…

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Dave Barry Quote

I was cleaning out some old presentations when I came across this oldie but a goodie. Q: Why didn’t Wall Street realise that Enron was a fraud? A: Because Wall Street relies on stock analysts. These are people who do research on companies and then, no matter what they find, even if the company has…

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S&P500 Futures

Following on from chart last night – Which showed a nice little gap up, this is how the market finished up. You can see the open at 1336, with a high of 1336.50 and then the drop away. A nasty little day for those looking for anything positive.

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Spain

The main Spanish index the IBEX had rallied last week and in the early morning session looked at if that rally would continue with the market nudging 7000. However, this rally soon collapsed as shown below. The market quickly went from a euphoric opening gain to close down 35. This seems to sum up the…

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Flash Crash And Other Cock Ups

A little piece that looks at the impact of HFT . It doesn’t add anything new other than offering a more personal narrative. Although the book by the author Scott Patterson might be interesting to drop onto the tablet. As a counterpoint this article places the blame for the Facebook debacle squarely on the shoulders…

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Amazon

I am a dedicated user of Amazon. I have found the lure of an Aussie at/above parity, an enormous selection and not having to deal with local half waits who should have been drowned at birth too much to resist. However, even I was staggered by some of these numbers. Source

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