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More Media Studies Clowns

Someone sent me the image below which pertains to the US. I have been trying hard to think of a reason why the same situation doesn’t apply here and I cant think of one. My personal experience is that this is certainly true locally. The world is being flooded with more and more fluff whereas…

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Spot The Country That Digs Things Up

The chart below is a comparison between the  ASX S&P 200 and the NASDAQ 100. There is a remarkable divergence in perfomance over the past six months. The 200 continues to limp along inside a broad congestion zone that makes it hard for trend followers whereas the NASDAQ 100 continues to power along. Whether the…

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We have long grown use to legal statements that make absolutely no sense whatsoever or those interminable disclaimers at the end of every financial ad on the radio. At last someone has appeared with a sense of human.This is the standard disclaimer that Contango Oil & Gas Company (MCF) include with their  earnings reports –…

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Letter writing is a dying art form replaced by more mundane and functional forms of communication such as emailing and texting. Neither of which carry the emotional resonance of writing something to someone by hand. Below is a letter from Jackson Pollocks father to his young son     Dear Son Jack, Well it has…

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Where Does Success Come From?

Before you run off thinking that this is going to be some sort of Anthony Robbins new age touchy, feely  motivational posting….think again. Let me state at the outset I think motivation is bullshit. To my mind you cannot motivate anyone to do anything unless you have a taser handy. Even then you might have…

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Follow Your Dreams/Passion…..Yeah Right

A recurring topic of conversation I seem to have had lately with people starting out in life/business/career has been should you follow your passion. My answer has been simple. If your passion can pay you a million dollars a year then sure go for it. If not forget it. This may sound somewhat hard headed…

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Who Would Have Thunk It?

Those looking into the collapse of MF Global reckon they have found 90% of the coin that mysteriously disappeared from clients  accounts. Dealbook…..“Investigators have determined what happened to nearly all of the customer money that disappeared from MF Global around the time of its bankruptcy last Oct. 31, but have not publicly disclosed their progress,…

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As the New Year, has come and gone we have been bombarded with predictions for the coming year.  Despite their best effects those that opt to predict what the market will do in 12 months times can seem to predict their own uselessness – an odd paradox that one. I have not looked at this…

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The Graduates

WHILE THE CHANTS of the protesters and the thrumming of the drum circle echoed through New York’s financial district, I spent a pleasant October weekend in Chicago drinking with the people who used to occupy Wall Street. It was my 10-year reunion at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Obviously I wanted to…

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