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Three things we learned from: Missing fl

Three things we learned from: Missing flight MH370 | Malaysia | The Malay Mail Online http://ow.ly/uu4m9

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Poll: Thames Estuary Airport: Fly or Sink?

It’s the Mayor of London’s pet project, but do you think it will ever get off the ground? To lower the risk of further painful puns please give us your views as soon as possible. Results will be available on … Continue reading

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The Case of the Disappearing FBI probe into Heinz Option Trades

Two deals involving Berkshire Hathaway partner, 3G Capital, were scrutinized by the SEC for alleged insider trading.  3G no stranger to US courts… The takeover of H.J. Heinz & Co  by Berkshire Hathaway was done and dusted in May. By … Continue reading

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A Sketchy Cyprus Day

The situation in Cyprus which an investor might try to assess this morning is not quite as dire as the one seen 24 hours ago; at least on the surface. The vote on that vexatious tax on deposits did not … Continue reading

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Dancing Fox

A foraging fox in Dulwich south west London, Sunday January 20th 2012. © Harry Dorset, 2011 #uksnow

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Fiscal Cliff vs. Fiscal Bump? Post-Election Views

Two basic cut-out-and-keep-perspectives Taken near Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands National Park, Utah; source http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/us-headed-fiscal-cliff  [Creative Commons]     The glass-half-full version: Negotiations succeed in securing a temporary extension of expiring tax provisions and spending cuts. This is the ‘kicking-the-cliff-down-the-road-for-a-few-months’ scenario. In … Continue reading

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The Bankia Signal

Another Friday, another wait for economic news out of Spain. The results of the second part of an audit of Spain’s banks  – started in May and with particular reference to their funding needs – is likely to be released … Continue reading

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Fed Decision – A Minority Report

The analogy sort of fits; and what put me in mind of it was the news this week that the FBI has commenced a project to create a hi-tech facial recognition database. We of course, are concerned about a different … Continue reading

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ECB Floats Yield Target Idea; U-Boats Launched

Late this morning the markets seem to have sobered up a bit following earlier barely fettered optimism about a Der Spiegel article over the weekend. It said: “The European Central Bank is considering setting limits on yields of euro area sovereign … Continue reading

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ECB Bullets To Shoot Down High Hopes [Sorry]

The views below are based on my soundings, readings and common sense. Responsibility my own: ESM banking licence: crisis would need to deteriorate significantly (threaten the core) before such a politically contentious and legally complex policy change is considered. Bear … Continue reading

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