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  • Don't Buy Diamonds [View article]
    Is De Beers still a monopoly? If so, why has the SEC/DOJ not broken the monopoly and charged those in charge with conspiracy and fraud?
    Jun 26, 2015. 09:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Deal For Greece? [View article]
    How long do you think can the can kicking last? Another 5 years? Ten years?
    When will the financial market force a resolution?
    Jun 24, 2015. 03:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If You Do What You Always Do... [View article]
    Insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result."

    Conclusion: Europe is gripped with insanity.
    Jun 24, 2015. 03:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Greek Pensions - Cut Numerator Or Boost Denominator? [View article]
    And how is the Greek Depression going to be solved by taking away money from people??
    I just saw an interview on TV with a Greek pensioner using his 700 euro per month to support his extended family, since NONE of his family had a job anymore. Cutting his pension basically means killing off his family.
    You think that is the way forward? Sounds to me more like a crime against humanity.

    The ONLY solution is to default and start anew. As long as the government has a primary surplus, there is no problem.
    Jun 22, 2015. 10:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Greek Pensions - Cut Numerator Or Boost Denominator? [View article]
    Italy is next, with 16% of budget going to pensions.
    Jun 22, 2015. 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Stocks to open higher on potential Greek deal [View news story]
    Exactly. The Greek Depression will just continue until the Greek people are REALLY fed up with the politicians. Then, revolution and default.
    Jun 22, 2015. 07:52 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Europe soars on potential Greek deal [View news story]
    The Greek depression will just continue. And this time the pensioners too will go hungry and die.
    Jun 22, 2015. 07:51 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Greece: Should I Stay Or Should I Go... [View article]
    Junker is Chief Chicken in "het kippenhok" ;)

    For all the show the politicians put on, it is clear solidarity is breaking down across Europe and Europe's leaders can hardly agree on anything.
    For example, after endless talks about how to deal with the Mediterranean refugee problem, the politicians came up with nothing. Desperately and finally snapping under pressure, Renzi (PM of Italy) threatened to give every African refugee a visa so they could enter Europe wherever they wanted! Acrimony broke out!
    Jun 19, 2015. 02:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Greece: Should I Stay Or Should I Go... [View article]
    Many young Greeks have already packed their bags and moved to e.g. Germany.

    The whole Greek story reminds me a lot of that of Puerto Rico: lots of debt denominated in someone else's currency (Dollars), high unemployment, and many young people moving out (to NYC, LA, Miami, etc.).

    The similarities are striking, to say the least.
    Jun 19, 2015. 11:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Greece: Should I Stay Or Should I Go... [View article]
    OK, didn't know that. Creative bookkeeping!
    Jun 19, 2015. 11:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Greece: Should I Stay Or Should I Go... [View article]
    Hard to export anything if your economy is for the most part geared towards tourism. You cannot "export" vacations, i.e. force Germans and Dutch to come to Greece for a beach holiday.

    Enough has been done regarding labor costs, as you have shown.
    The remaining question is: what to do with the humongous debt. Either: take a haircut, or spread the debt payments out over a very long period. How hard a solution can that be.

    Also, I don't see why Greece could not leave the Euro but stay in Europe. Afterall, plenty countries do not use the Euro but are still part of the organization (Denmark, England, Poland, Sweden, etc.).
    Jun 19, 2015. 10:24 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • There Is A Bubble In China; What Does It Mean For FXI Investors? [View article]
    Why is nobody taking advantage of the (obvious) arbitrage opportunity of the price discrepancy of dually-listed companies: 1) Short-sell Shanghai, 2) Use the obtained cash to buy shares in Hong Kong, 3) Accept HK stock certificates in kind, 4) Deliver shares to Shanghai and close short position, 4) Pocket profit.

    This should be especially easy now that there is the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect which allows investors in each market are able to trade shares on the other market using their local brokers and clearing houses.
    The example mentioned above could be implemented 100% electronically. In 5 minutes.
    And if you already have cash, you could skip step #1 and immediately proceed with #2.
    Jun 19, 2015. 10:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Play Qihoo 360's $10 Billion Going-Private Offer [View article]
    The $77 per share offer is a joke. As a shareholder, I would absolute vote NO when asked to approve the bid.
    Jun 17, 2015. 03:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Qihoo receives going-private offer from CEO; shares +11.5% [View news story]
    The $77 offer is a joke. A year ago QIHU was trading at $120! I would advice shareholder to REJECT this offer and demand at least $120+.
    Jun 17, 2015. 09:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha On Day 2 [View article]
    It is not about being confronted by a problem. It is about having the means to solve a problem.
    Jun 16, 2015. 11:36 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment