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Bring Back the Smoke Filled Rooms

In days of old, when congressional impasses presented themselves, the Speaker of the House, rosy-cheeked Tip O’Neil, would meet his counterpart in the Senate for a night of poker. Several bottles of Scotch later, a deal would get struck, and the two would be photographed together shaking hands the next morning, talking about the good […]

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August 14, 2013 – Quote of the Day

“Bankers will get away with whatever they can get away with…Our banking system is socially useless,” said an oversight body in the United Kingdom.

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August 13, 2013

Global Market Comments August 13, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (THE BOND CRASH HAS ONLY JUST STARTED), ($TNX), (TLT), (TBT), (INDIA VS. CHINA), (FXI), (PIN), (INP), (TTM) 10-Year Treasury Note ($TNX) iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond (TLT) ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT) iShares China Large-Cap (FXI) PowerShares India (PIN) iPath MSCI India Index […]

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The Bond Crash Has Only Just Started

When I was a little kid in the early 1950’s, my grandfather used to endlessly rail against Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The WWI veteran, who was mustard gassed in the trenches of France and was a lifetime, died in the wool Republican, said the former president was a dictator and a traitor to his class, who […]

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India vs. China

When I first visited Calcutta in 1976, 800,000 people were sleeping on the sidewalks, I was hauled everywhere by a very lean, barefoot rickshaw driver, and drinking the water out of a tap was tantamount to committing suicide. Some 35 years later, and the subcontinent is poised to overtake China’s white hot growth rate. My […]

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August 13, 2013 – Quote of the Day

“Money will always flow towards opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America….America’s best days lie ahead” said “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffet, CEO and the largest shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway.

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August 12, 2013

Global Market Comments August 12, 2013 Fiat Lux SPECIAL MYKONOS ISSUE Featured Trade: (HOW THE EURO LOOKS FROM MYKONOS), (FXE), (EUO), (GREK) CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) ProShares UltraShort Euro (EUO) Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK)

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How The Euro Looks From Mykonos

When I sat down at my table at the Namos Restaurant, I was somewhat puzzled by the handful of sand thrown on every table. Are the Greeks as untidy with their food service as they are with their national accounts? Namos is on the south beach of the Greek island of Mykonos, part of the […]

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August 12, 2013 – Quote of the Day

“Liquidity is not a financial term, it is a psychological term,” said former Federal Reserve governor Alan Greenspan.

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August 9, 2013 – MDT Midday Missive Part 2

While the Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader focuses on investment over a one week to six-month time frame, Mad Day Trader, provided by Jim Parker, will exploit money-making opportunities over a brief ten minute to three day window. It is ideally suited for day traders, but can also be used by long-term investors […]

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August 9, 2013 – MDT Midday Missive

While the Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader focuses on investment over a one week to six-month time frame, Mad Day Trader, provided by Jim Parker, will exploit money-making opportunities over a brief ten minute to three day window. It is ideally suited for day traders, but can also be used by long-term investors […]

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August 9, 2013 – MDT Pro Tips A.M.

While the Diary of a Mad Hedge Fund Trader focuses on investment over a one week to six-month time frame, Mad Day Trader, provided by Jim Parker, will exploit money-making opportunities over a brief ten minute to three day window. It is ideally suited for day traders, but can also be used by long-term investors […]

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August 9, 2013

Global Market Comments August 9, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (AMBUSH IN AUSTRALIA),  (FXA), (FXY), (FXE), (YCS), (NLR), (UNG), (GLD), (DBA), (REPORT FROM MILAN) CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (FXA) CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (FXY) CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) ProShares UltraShort Yen (YCS) Market Vectors Uranium+Nuclear Enrgy ETF (NLR) United States Natural Gas (UNG) SPDR Gold […]

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Ambush in Australia

For a lifetime central bank watcher, like myself, this was one for the record books. Reserve Bank of Australia, Glenn Stevens, said last week that he welcomed a weak Australia dollar and that it probably had further to fall. To put gasoline on the flames, he added that there was room for the RBA to […]

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Report from Milan

Milan, Italy appears to be a city entirely populated by fashion models riding bicycles on the city’s frenetic, cobblestone streets. That is one’s first impression coming out of the monolithic Milano Centrale train station, built by Mussolini to reaffirm faith in his state. Despite years of allied bombing during WWII, the building is as imposing […]

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