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42,197.  The first rule of business: protect your investment.  (Business & Banksters & Investment)  Etiquette of the Bankers 1775

 

 

42,226.  In our time we’ve witnessed the zenith of global finance.  In 2006 the world’s total economic output was worth around $47,000,000,000,000.  The total value of stock and bond markets was roughly $119,000,000,000,000.  More than twice the size.  And the amount outstanding of the strange new financial life-form known as derivatives was $473,000,000,000,000.  Ten times larger ... This is the story of financial globalisation.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globsalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  Professor Niall Ferguson, Ascent of Money: Chimerica, 2010

 

42,227.  According to [George] Soros’s Theory of Reflexivity, financial markets can’t possibly be perfectly efficient much less rational ... His biggest coups came from being right about losers not winners.  And the greatest of these was among the most momentous speculative hits in all of financial history.  On September 16th 1992 with the British £ in big trouble I watched as Soros put out a contract on the Bank of England ... So sure was he that the £ would drop that he bet ten billion dollars.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

42,228.  The Nobel Prize in Economics.  It seemed as if Intellect had triumphed over Intuition.  As if rocket science had taken over from risk-taking.  Equipped with their magical black box, the partners in LTCM seemed poised to make money far beyond the wildest imaginings of even George Soros.  And then in the summer of 1998 when every self-respecting hedge-fund manager should have been playing with his yacht something happened that threatened to blow the lid right off the Nobel Prize winner’s black box: Reality started to misbehave ... On Monday August 17th 1998 a giant asteroid smashed into Planet Finance.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.  

 

41,510.  The only chance of survival was to find a White Knight to rescue them.  And the most powerful Knight in town was none other than George Soros.  It was the ultimate humiliation: the Quants from Planet Finance begging for a bail-out from the Prophet of Irrational Unquantifiable Reflexivity ... Fear that Long Terms failure could trigger a general financial meltdown, the New York Federal Reserve hastily brokered a multi-billion-dollar bailout by fourteen Wall Street banks.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,506.  The ascent of money has seldom been smooth.  Time and again it’s been punctuated by big painful crises.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,507.  American borrowers have come to rely on Chinese savers, a symbiotic relationship between China and America that I call Chimerica.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

36,116.  So enormous have Chinese saving become in recent years they’ve enabled globalisation to do the most almighty U-turn.  Previously, it was the rich English speakers who leant money to the poor Asian periphery.  But now it’s the Chinese who are lending money to the Americans.  Welcome to the strange new hybrid country of China and America – I call it Chimerica.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,508.  The People’s republic of China has become banker to the United States of America.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

42,229.  What starts with competition for Olympic medals could end in a battle over dollars if the Chinese decide one day to cut off their credit line to the American empire.  Maybe as it name suggests Chimerica is nothing more than a chimera ... The really big crises come just seldom enough to be beyond the living memory of the people who run today’s companies, banks and funds.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.

 

41,509.  The Ascent of Money has been one of the key factors in human progress, an extraordinary story of innovation, intermediation and integration that has done as much as anything to help people escape from the drudgery of subsistence agriculture.  And yet Planet Finance can never quite escape from the gravitational force of Planet Earth.  Because the Quants can never take full account of the human factor – our tendency to underestimate the probability of black swans.  Our propensity to veer from euphoria to despondency.  Our chronic inability to learn from History.  (Business & Money & Finance & Economics & Stocks & Currency & Risk & Investment & Globalisation & Federal Reserve & Banksters & Borrow & Saving & Debt & Wall Street)  ibid.   

 

 

77,412.  An investment said to have an 80% chance of success sounds far more attractive than one with a 20% chance of failure.  The mind can’t easily recognize that they are the same.  Daniel Kahneman

 

 

77,413.  The line separating investment and speculation, which is never bright and clear, becomes blurred still further when most market participants have recently enjoyed triumphs.  Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money.  After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball.  They know that overstaying the festivities – that is, continuing to speculate in companies that have gigantic valuations relative to the cash they are likely to generate in the future – will eventually bring on pumpkins and mice.  But they nevertheless hate to miss a single minute of what is one helluva party.  Therefore, the giddy participants all plan to leave just seconds before midnight.  There’s a problem, though: they are dancing in a room in which the clocks have no hands.  Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway 2000 chair’s letter

 

 

103,180.  Two Rules of Investing: Never lose money; never forget rule number one.  (Rich & Wealth & Investment)  Warren Buffett, cited Becoming Warren Buffett

 

 

77,414.  Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.  Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor 1973

 

 

89,805.  The world of investing can be a jungle.  Bulls.  Bears.  Danger at every turn.  That’s why we are Stratton Oakmont pride ourselves on being the best.  (Stocks & Capitalism & Investment & Best & Wall Street)  The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 starring Leonardo diCaprio & Jonah Hill & Margot Robbie & Matthew McConaughey & Kyle Chandler & Rob Reiner & Jonn Favreau & Jean Dujardin & Joanna Lumley & P J Byrne et al, director Martin Scorsese

 

 

119,569.  They were multi-million-pound property developments, buildings to transform our northern cities.  But one by one developments failed.  People had invested their life’s savings.  Investors have lost millions.  Cities left scarred.  And overseas’ buyers are now warning against investing in Britain … The story of how a northern dream turned sour.  Panorama: Exposed: Northern Dreams, Failed Schemes, BBC 2018 

 

 

131,595.  Scandal in the City: we investigate the man who gambled billions and lost.  The industry knew Neil Woodford was in trouble but no-one told investors.  We also reveal how another money man was doing secret deals on the side.  As hundreds of thousands count the cost of the Woodford scandal, we confront the man himself.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors & Kent)  Panorama: Can You Truth the Billion Pound Investors? Richard Bilton investigates  

 

131,596.  That new wave of investors: those taking their own risks on the stock market.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors & Kent)  ibid.   

 

131,597.  Neil Woodford’s new fund has been a disaster.  It’s lost billions.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors & Kent)  ibid.  

 

131,598.  Kent County Council tried and failed to take its money back: £260 million of pension cash.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors & Kent)  ibid. 

 

131,599.  More than 300,000 investors have their money trapped.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors)  ibid.

 

131,600.  Some fund managers seem to be able to do as they please.  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors)  ibid. 

 

131,601.  Another fund manager breaking rules designed to protect investors: his name is Mark Denning.  He’s worked at one of the biggest investment companies in the world for 36 years: Capital Group manages almost $2 trillion of assets …  (Finance & Fraud & Scandal & Stocks & Shares & Investors)  ibid. 

 

 

138,035.  New investments by overseas businesses into the US, which for decades held the No.1 spot, fell 49% in 2020, according to UN figures released Sunday, as the country struggled to curb the spread of the new coronavirus and economic output slumped.  Wsj online article February 2021

 

 

138,037.  A margin call occurs when the value of an investor's margin account falls below the broker’s required amount.  An investor's margin account contains securities bought with borrowed money (typically a combination of the investor's own money and money borrowed from the investor's broker).  A margin call refers specifically to a broker’s demand that an investor deposit additional money or securities into the account so that it is brought up to the minimum value, known as the maintenance margin.

 

A margin call is usually an indicator that one or more of the securities held in the margin account has decreased in value.  When a margin call occurs, the investor must choose to either deposit more money in the account or sell some of the assets held in their account.  Investopedia online article Justin Keupper, update January 2021 

 

 

138,038.  Have negative interest rates in the UK really moved closer?  The Bank of England’s instruction to commercial banks to prepare for a negative cost of borrowing is not all it seems … The headline from the Bank of England’s latest report released on Thursday is that ‘negative interest rates have come a step closer for the UK economy’.

 

Commercial banks have been instructed to ‘commence preparations’ for the official cost of borrowing to go into reverse – and to be in a position to process negative rates, set by the UK’s central bank, in their own internal computer systems.

 

From that perspective this is a significant day in UK monetary policy history and for a country which has never seen a negative cost of borrowing imposed since the Bank of England was founded in 1694.  (Investment & Savings & Banks)  Independent online article Ben Chu February 2021

 

 

138,534.  Something happened this January that no-one expected.  It’s united capitalists, socialists and U-tubers.  The idea that an internet forum could take a failing company and by collectively investing in it, or to use the parlance – Taking it to the Moon – take on hedge funds and win seemed impossible.  But was this really a people’s revolution?  (Stocks & Investment) Our World: GameStop: To the Moon and Back, BBC 2021

 

138,535.  A year ago GameStop was to many a business slowly dying.  It sells physical games at an actual shop, and many on Wall Street thought that that business wasn’t just outdated, it was prehistoric, a business doomed to fail.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.

 

 

40,465.  This is the story of how an ordinary bunch of people connected by social media worked together to push up the stock price of a struggling video game retailer.  (Stocks & Investment)  Gamestop: The Wall Street Hijack, DiscoveryPlus 2021

 

69,034.  WallStreetBets beings together a global community of amateur investors known as Retail Traders.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.  

 

68,925.  Hedge Funds are betting on GameStop’ shares to go down, not up, and they’re doing it using a technique called Short Selling.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.

 

68,763.  The Reddit community is aching for a fight with the big shots of Wall Street, and it’s getting personal.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.

 

50,163.  Gamestop’s shares start climbing, and I mean climbing fast.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.

 

824.  By late January the Hedge Funds start to fail … Overall, short-sellers betting against GameStop go on to lose nearly $20 billion.  (Stocks & Investment)  ibid.