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A few basket Cases…

A quieter end to the month as oversold conditions are at least stabilising if not obviously (yet) reversing. This has been a steady slide, rather than a crash per se, but markets remain fragile. With the Fed still sucking liquidity Read more…


Ukraine’s Energy Reserves

At 1.03trillion cubic metres (tcm), Ukraine has the second largest gas reserves in Europe after Norway, and yet it is a net importer of gas, since it only produces 20bcm a year while consuming nearer 27bcm, leaving it with an Read more…


Headline numbers hide the hits

The first few weeks of January have been as ‘bad’ as December was ‘good’, but much of this is a confusion between the headline numbers dominated by the megacaps and the reality beneath the surface, which is one of considerable Read more…


All your Savings are belong to US

Sometimes it is annoying/alarming to be right. As we noted in Trojan Horses and slippery slopes, the takeover of private sector savings to serve public sector policies is continuing apace. the seemingly unstoppable ESG bandwagon may well represent a Trojan Read more…


Options trading gives options for trading

Short Term Uncertainty As we run into Thanksgiving, traditionally the ‘end of the year’ for a lot of trading funds, many market signals are being distorted; by options trading and gamma squeezes in equities and by forced unwinding of curve Read more…


THG Life..not so good

We have felt obliged to comment in the past on the curious beast that is The Hut Group, or THG as it is known, not least because it seems to defy every aspect of corporate governance that any one caring Read more…


What if the next big thing, isn’t?

There is an old line that the Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of Stones and just as the Dot Com crash was not caused by a collapse in the share prices of typewriter companies and fax machine Read more…


Australian Financial Review

For those with a subscription, the link to the latest AFR piece is below. What you thought you knew about investing in China is wrong The reality is that under Xi Jinping, the where and how of investing in China Read more…


George talks his book..

In a rare sighting, George Soros appeared in the Financial Times yesterday warning investors about investing in China. (The link is behind a paywall, but it appears in multiple other places, including here). This was interesting for a number of Read more…


Trojan Horses and Slippery Slopes

An under-rated risk for western economies is that in pushing back against the centralisation of state power under the Health Crisis, voters will unintentionally now allow an even greater grab of power by different parts of the state under the Read more…