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9.23.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

You’ve Been Double Crossed

 

We face a dichotomy. It certainly doesn’t get much press and frankly most people never put two and two together, but I believe it is something we need to at least give some thought to.

 

We know the Central Banks of the world have inflated bubbles of enormous size in both bonds and assets, especially equities. Why have they done that? Well the common thinking is that they’ve done that to ward off economic disasters and keep economies moving higher.  Okay, let’s go with that for a minute.


3.1.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

What color is that Dress?

I’ve just come through a particularly trying week, one in which my mother-in-law passed away, and along with it the grief and sorrows of the family. As you might imagine I’ve been preoccupied with that event, and not able to devote the time I generally spend in watching the madness of our world unravel.  But sometimes the enormity of what takes place simply muscles its way into your life no matter the distraction.

This week was surely one of those times. In the course of just 10 days, the things that we’ve seen transpire would have taken one’s breath away in virtually any other time in history. But in 2015? Nah, not so much.  See, we had a dress color to debate. The internet and the news media was obsessed with trying to figure out if the dress in question was one of white and gold, or blue’s and black. It was massively important stuff, so much so that Hollywood figures, Country music stars, journalists, doctors of psychology, and more weighed in with their thoughts.  It was by far the most important discussion of the last several days.

2.25.2015 Financial Intelligence Report Bookmark

Social Bubbles

Mania’s and bubbles have been around for centuries. Probably the most famous one of old was the “tulip” mania of the 1600’s.  At the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble.  Basically what happed was that the Dutch had become quite wealthy via new trade opportunities and people had more cash than ever before. So when the rare flower bulbs first showed up, “everyone that’s anyone” had to have one to show how cool they were. There were many tales of people trading family farms and homes for a single bulb. Of course it all went terribly bad as all bubbles do, and many lost their entire life’s savings.

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