What makes business successful? –A thought and a theory.

If you’ve not read this previously posted page, I highly recommend it. And I assure you, with that post and this, it will be worth your while. I have long questioned what makes some businesses succeed wildly? That post is a fascinating piece on that latest San Francisco cultural craze: $4 toast. –And not only San Francisco, but spreading to other parts of the nation. $4 for toast?...

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Value: What makes toast worth $4?

There are multiple reasons for this latest San Francisco craze. “Tip of the hipster spear” is one; the large amount of money floating around Silicon Valley, is another. But, in an interesting article, linked below, the origin of this is traced to a single individual. And in the end, makes a great study on value and pricing....

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Is Gold Being Manipulated?

Gold, as a commodity, is one of the world’s oldest standards of value. Values rise and fall; however one of the most compelling arguments right now, is whether or not its price is being manipulated — in a downward way. I’ve read a number of articles over the recent months and years that suggest that there indeed are bodies that manipulate the price. But this one below, is one...

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Either, either, neither, neither; let’s call the whole thing off.

Just for fun: If you are interested in linguistics and dialects, as in that 1937 Gershwin tune, you may like this article: It’s written by a Harvard professor, Bert Vaux (and former student, now at MIT), who has studied and mapped dialects in various geographic areas — a personal lifelong interest. There are many interesting examples such as the simple #1, pronunciation of...

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QE2, Will it work?

QE2, Will it work?

The recent FED decision to implement Quantitative Easing 2 (QE2) is controversial. The obvious question is, “Will it work?” Issues concerning national and global economies are complex, I make no bones about that. The hardest course I ever took as an Economics major was “Money, Credit & Banking.” But also the most illuminating. But to the point? Will this $600 billion...

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Technically speaking.

Technically speaking.

This post is to describe just what is meant by the term technical that I frequently use here. As you may know, the interest rates that mortgages are set by are set on the open market — investors around the world either buying US Treasury notes/bonds (which demand will raise the price, and thereby lower the interest rate yield) or selling them (which will raise interest rates.) But it all...

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Opened lower; stable, on Greece and Goldman.

Opened lower; stable, on Greece and Goldman.

The market opened lower, and is expected stable, on news that largely comes out of Greece (again.) Greece is still about two weeks away from any settlement with the IMF and EU community, and may request emergency funds during that interim. All of this has the market a bit unsettled, causing some flight to bonds. On other news that could be market moving, yesterday Bank of Canada hinted at a rate...

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