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Operation Twist

Today the Fed announced a new measure called operation twist. The idea behind this move is that they will be selling about 400 billion dollars in short maturity bonds (3 years or less) and will use the proceeds to buy … Continue reading

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Suzuki, Friedman, and Green Economy

Last year I went to hear Thomas Friedman speak in Montreal. The organizers had David Suzuki speak before Friedman about the environment and introduce him. I think that they chose Suzuki to open for him because he is by far … Continue reading

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Copperline

I recently spoke to my friend Chester Ntonifor who is a commodity analyst about the economy. Given the volatility of markets and fears of a double dip recession, I asked him where we could look in the commodity market to … Continue reading

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Seinfeld Wisdom on Investing

Anyone who has been investing in the markets lately has surely lost money. Perhaps they should have listened to the investing advice of comedian Jerry Seinfeld… “I’m not an investor. People always tell me, you should have your money working … Continue reading

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Gold Price Factors

When S&P downgraded the rating on US treasury bonds recently, investors sought two safe havens from the perceived risk resulting from the downgrade. Ironically, the first safe haven was treausuries themselves and the second was gold. Of both asset classes, … Continue reading

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Grade Inflation and Keynesian Economics

When I was in high school I used to go away to summer camp in Massachusetts along with some friends from Montreal. Midway through every summer, kids would receive their report cards by mail. During the early years at summer … Continue reading

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Blaming the Referee

Over the past couple of days a number of politicians have jumped into attack S&P for their decision to downgrade United States sovereign debt. The main theme in these attacks has been that S&P missed sub-prime and therefore lacks credibility. … Continue reading

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Thoughts On Interest Rates

Here are some thoughts on the S&P debt downgrade as well as a discussion of interest rates. Firstly, I don’t think that interest rates are going to be that affected at least soon. If you are an investor, it is … Continue reading

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The New Central Bankers Dilemma

When I penned the song Central Bankers Dilemma in the summer of 2008, I was writing about the dilemma a central banker faces during a period of stagflation. When a central banker raises interest rates he constrains growth and when … Continue reading

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No Winners in Debt Debate

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Bob Dylan I recently read in which he answered a question about politics. Q: What’s your take on politics? Dylan: Politics is entertainment. It’s a sport. It’s for the well groomed and … Continue reading

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