Shine On You Crazy Dimon

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Paul Kedrosky not only writes the top Infectious Greed blog, but he has also turned out to be no slouch as far as penning lyrics is concerned. Using Pink Floyd’s “Shine on Crazy Diamond” as base, here is his rewritten version of the criticisms and complaints JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon is getting for […]

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The Night They Drove Old Bear Down – An Annotated Tribute

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This is a very funny rewrite of an old song by The Band, capturing some of the “subtleties” of the Bear Stearns saga.

Jimmy Cayne is the name and I served on the Gravy train ’Til Dimon’s cavalry came and blew out Joe Lewis again Hank Paulson was on the phone, we […]

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SA inflation approaching turning point

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By Kevin Lings

In February 2008 headline CPI inflation rose by a modest 0.3% m/m, with the annual rate rising to 9.8% y/y from 9.3% y/y in January. This was in line with market expectations. CPIX inflation rose by 0.4% m/m in February, with the annual rate increasing to 9.4% y/y, from […]

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Flowchart tool to help bankers cope with crisis

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A flowchart tool to help bankers cope with the credit crisis, and to bring a smile to your face in the otherwise dour circumstances of the subprime saga. […]






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Volatile commodities

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By Cees Bruggemans

For years commodity prices have risen explosively, driven by strong real sector demand and constrained supply. Increasingly, financial speculation has joined the fry.

Where is this leading?

At what point will commodities overreach, entering freefall? Have we in fact reached such a cyclical tipping point at […]

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Multiple tripping

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By Cees Bruggemans

• Building plans falling off steeply since 4Q2007 • Eskom’s peripatetic 40 000mw since 1Q2008 • Global financial system shrinkage • Commodities pricing explosively higher • CPIX inflation acquiring turbo power • Fear stalks the world • Commodities interrupted or abruptly entering decline • Rand weakening streak • Growth […]

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