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On Mutual Respect among Friends

“The important thing is to let every one of your friends know your true feelings,” writes my friend on the eve of the elections,  “even if you think they don’t love you back. So just in case I’m gone tomorrow, … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the House

An era of epic … instability lies ahead. —E. W. Financial Forecast, Nov. 2, 2012 It was there and then it was gone. For sixty years the house up the street from us stood nestled in a lovely oak hammock. From the … Continue reading

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Civility Tomorrow (or not)

“Oh Universe! What thou wishest I wish.” —Marcus Aurelius David Brooks’ October 26 column, What Moderation Means, is an excellent primer on the way a political moderate views the world. It should be a civics course. The American political moderate, Brooks … Continue reading

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Mox Nixie (Pig Latin for what’s the difference?)

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Let me get this off my chest before I go vote. My neighborhood is one long line of Romney advocates, if the multiple signs on their lawns mean anything. I don’t get into it with them, because, what’s the use? … Continue reading

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Unskilled Positions

A running back is an athlete who carries the ball in football. The running back position is considered a skill  position, requiring intelligence, physical strength, agility, and the ability to elude equally intelligent, athletic, strong and agile opponents who bear down on him with … Continue reading

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George Hamner

When heaven  is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his … Continue reading

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Reality Riff

“…the harsh reality is that no president has much control over the economy.” —Joe Nocera, Business Columnist, NY Times It’ll be over soon–the candidates’ braying about job creation. Tiresome lies. Anyone who has a favorite in this horse’s ass race better hope his … Continue reading

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On the Possibilities Ahead

You may find this hard to believe, but my work in the markets continues to point to a resumption in short order of the Grand Supercycle Bear Market. That said, I’ve been trying like mad to get the following presentation of … Continue reading

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Market Meltup Underway

I’m watching a classic blowoff in the major market averages. The last time I saw anything remotely resembling this kind of market action was in 1980, when gold roared up from $700 to $1,000 in less than a week and then … Continue reading

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Checking Out the Wrong Way Charlies

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Traders have an uncanny ability to shoot themselves in the foot at critical moments in the market. They love ’em at tops and, at bottoms they can’t get rid of them quick enough. Here’s what Market Vane reported for the … Continue reading

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