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Tens of thousands of people yesterday demonstrated in Moscow and other Russian cities, demanding...

Tens of thousands of people yesterday demonstrated in Moscow and other Russian cities, demanding an end to Vladimir Putin's rule and a rerun of the recent Duma vote, when corruption is alleged to have taken place. Experts believe Putin is in little danger ahead of March's presidential election but say his authority has been damaged.
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  • FCARONE
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    The guy is a political thug. He cannot be trusted as his ego is immense which results in the relentless pursuit of power and narcissistic satisfaction. Did you see his recent antics to portray himself as a daredevil? Watch out for this guy, he is potentially dangerous.
    11 Dec 2011, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • Venerability
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    And many more than "tens of thousands" have participated in Occupy Wall Street protests.

     

    I see these neverending anti-Russia stories primarily as part of the anti-emerging markets propaganda - and secondarily as part of the anti-commodities propaganda.

     

    Which just suffered a setback within the hour, as China's trade surplus, while declining, was considerably above consensus forecasts and still quite strong against the US. That's positive for the Yuan, negative for King Dollah! Dollah! Dollah!, and positive for Gold.
    11 Dec 2011, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • beach chic
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    Are you scoffing at the 'tens of thousands' numbers? Trust me that for every one thousand of Occupy Wall Street you can count there are thousands more like me standing behind them. Yes, even private investors living in nice neighborhoods. We are out here.
    11 Dec 2011, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • JCH57
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    So I'm wondering if the protests and surrounding events will work out positive or negative for Russian stocks.

     

    So far from the news reports, the government stood by with riot police just in case but allowed the protests to continue, and Medvedev is even stating that he will launch investigations into the complaints of election fraud.

     

    That actually all seems oddly positive to me.
    11 Dec 2011, 07:09 PM Reply Like
  • Losing Paper While Gaining ...
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    "We promise *snigger* we'll check it out. Honest!"
    12 Dec 2011, 12:29 AM Reply Like
  • Venerability
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    BC,

     

    Of course, not! I think 99 percent of active market participants worldwide secretly applaud the OWS'ers.

     

    The only difference is that we - active investors and traders - understand where the real problems lie, while most of the protestors do not.

     

    (For instance, the double- , triple-, Nthtuple ETF gambling vehicles from ProShares and others should never, ever have been approved.

     

    (HFT firms worldwide, if allowed in the first place, should be regulated up the wazoo.

     

    (And a worldwide Tobin Tax on currency transactions should have been enacted way back when Professor Tobin first suggested it.

     

    (If these three steps alone had been taken, we would have had neither the Great Crash of 2008 nor the Euro Crisis of this year.)
    11 Dec 2011, 08:17 PM Reply Like
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