Back home again – some investment and other observations

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I finally made it back home to Cape Town by late last night after a very tiring 34-hour stretch of flying and transit time across nine time zones. This post highlights some observations of my trip. […]






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Charlie Rose: Face-to-face with James Chanos

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In this video, Charlie Rose sits down with James Chanos, President of Kynikos Associates. Ten years ago, Chanos predicted that Enron was on the brink of financial ruin. His latest prediction is that the Chinese real estate market is headed towards a similar fate. […]






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Put gold miners on your radar screen

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More than 60% of the 32 stocks in the Gold Miners Index are now in point and figure uptrends — a positive sign. Read on … […]






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Richard Koo on balance sheet recessions

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The video in this post features Rich Koo’s address at the recent conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at King’s College, Cambridge. Koo is the world-renowned chief economist of Nomura Research Institute and the author of “The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japan’s Great Recession”. […]






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Business Cycle Dating Committee reluctant to identify trough

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The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official group in charge of identifying the beginning and end of recessions, indicated yesterday that ‘the determination of the trough date on the basis of current data would be premature’. The “how” and “what” and other questions of the identification process are the subject of this guest contribution by Asha Bangalore. […]






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Reforming securities we don’t understand

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A picture speaks a thousand words … […]






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