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March 1, 2013

Global Market Comments March 1, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (TRADE ALERT SERVICE CLOCKS 26% GAIN IN 2013) (A CONVERSATION WITH THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND), (DINNER WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER JOSEPH STIGLITZ)

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Trade Alert Service Clocks 26% Gain In 2013

The Trade Alert Service of the Mad Hedge Fund Trader has posted a 26.01% profit year to date, taking it to another new all time high. The 26-month total return has punched through to an awesome 81.06%, compared to a miserable 15% return for the Dow average during the same period. That raises the average […]

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A Conversation with the Boots on the Ground

I have spent many hours speaking at length with the generals who ran our wars in the Middle East, like David Petraeus, James E. Cartwright, and Martin E. Dempsey. To get the boots on the ground view, I attended the graduation of a friend at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, the world’s preeminent […]

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Dinner with Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz

The great thing about interviewing Joseph Stiglitz over dinner is that you don’t have to ask any questions. You just turn him on and he spits out one zinger after another. And he does this in a kibitzing, wizened, grandfatherly manner like one would expect from a character that just walked off the set of […]

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March 1, 2013 – Quote of the Day

“Those who expect double digit returns going forwards are going to be severely disappointed,” said Bill Gross, CEO of bond giant, PIMCO.

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February 28, 2013

Global Market Comments February 28, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (SUNDAY WITH PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER)

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Sunday With President Jimmy Carter

When I heard that our 39th president, former governor of Georgia, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter was coming to town, I moved heaven and earth to meet him. I served in the White House Press Corps as the The Economist correspondent during the latter part of his term, and was dying to get […]

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February 28, 2013 – Quote of the Day

“When former president, Jimmy Carter, once addressed a graduating class in Japan, they suddenly broke out into wild laughter. He later insisted that the interpreter tell him what he said. After much prodding, he confessed “I said the president has just told a joke, and you must laugh.”

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February 27, 2013

Global Market Comments February 27, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (WHY THE MARKETS COULD CARE LESS ABOUT SEQUESTRATION), (BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SNITCH ON)

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Why the Markets Could Care Less About Sequestration

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. The map below is worth a PhD thesis, and perhaps a weighty tome. Prepared by my friends from government data at the online financial site run by Henry Blodget, Business Insider, it ranks the states most impacted by the sequestration of federal spending that starts on Friday, […]

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Be Careful Who You Snitch On

Buried in the recently passed Dodd-Frank financial reform bill are massive financial rewards for turning in your crooked boss. The SEC is hoping that multimillion-dollar rewards amounting to 10%-30% of sanction amounts will drive a stampede of whistleblowers to their doors with evidence of malfeasance and fraud by their employers. If such rules were in […]

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February 27, 2013 – Quote of the Day

‘Total credit market debt in the world has gone from $80 trillion to $200 trillion in the last ten years, an 11% annual rate, while GDP has grown by 4%. This can’t continue. It’s a simple matter of arithmetic,’ said Kyle Bass, of hedge fund Hayman Partners.

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February 26, 2013

Global Market Comments February 26, 2013 Fiat Lux Featured Trade: (SUDDENLY THOSE ITALIAN LESSONS ARE PAYING OFF), (FXE), (EUO), (EWI), (VIX), (UUP), (NEW BOJ GOVERNOR CRATERS YEN), (FXY), (YCS), (UUP), (PETER F. DRUCKER ON MANAGEMENT) CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) ProShares UltraShort Euro (EUO) iShares MSCI Italy Capped Index (EWI) VOLATILITYS&P500 (VIX) PowerShares DB US Dollar […]

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Suddenly Those Italian Lessons Are Paying Off

Welcome to the first black swan of 2013! You couldn’t mistake the meaning of the cries of topless female protesters as they flung themselves at police guarding Italian polling stations on Monday. Basta! Basta! Enough! Enough! The purpose of their demonstration was visibly scrawled in large letters across their nubile bodies in black ink for […]

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New BOJ Governor Craters Yen

At long last, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has appointed a new governor to the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda. The foreign currency markets responded immediately, taking the Japanese yen down to ¥94.60, a new three year low. It also broke new ground in a range of currency crosses, including Euro/Yen, Ausie/Yen, and Kiwi/Yen. It […]

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