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Monthly Archive for February, 2011

Smoothly Plucking Along

Milton Friedman famously reviewed the business cycle with his ‘Plucking Model’ as a strong refutation of Austrian Business Cycle theorists and doomsayers. This article is a nod and tip-of-the-hat to the current success of ultra-stimulatory monetarist policies.

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Tricky VIXy

VIX is moving again and, as in her habit, she is moving hard and fast. If you like that kind of rough tumble action then this post might give you some insights into her enticing curves.

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The Egyptian Stock Exchange remains closed to this date despite increased domestic stability. This is disconcerting given the external interest shown in a resurgent and democratic Egypt. Markets should be open and able to price both downside risks and upside potential.

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A quick post reviewing Facebook’s possible market capitalisation. Not new news but a recent online video, included in the post, might peek your interest over the numbers at hand.

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Silver Gunning For Gold

Silver is on the up and up, outpacing its own future and even its more shiny brethren, gold, in the vaults of the collecting must-haves. And by collecting must-haves, I mean, collect as fast, immediately, absolutely without delay, right now.

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Events in the Middle East are proving exciting to both political and market watchers globally. The rise of democracy is both a fruitful base for economic development but also, potentially, a new a source of uncertainty that must be priced-in accordingly. However, Egypt’s relatively peaceful political transition may just prove to be the right base to build upon, both economically and politically, for the coming century.

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Revlis Spelled Backwards

If the VIX term structure steepness was odd then meet the VIX contango’s Mr. Hyde with Silver’s backwardation in full swing. Who said precious metals were boring?

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