Fractals of Change: October 2008

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17 posts from October 2008

October 14, 2008

First Lock

Blogging offline. To be posted when connected.

We shouldn'ta watched the DVD before starting our canal boat adventure. All of the easy docking demos showed at least three crew members. One's at the helm; two (always a man) jumps ashore; three (always a woman) throws lines to two. That's a More...

October 10, 2008

The Dow’s a Brat

We've all seen parents unwisely offer treat after treat to a sullen child to stop him or her from misbehaving in public – may have even done it ourselves. The brat grabs each gift, quiets down for a few minutes, then has a fresh and louder fit to extort another gift. No reason to stop as long as More...

October 08, 2008

Deflation Winners

Are American high tech companies the big winner from the current bouts of deflation? Is the US itself a winner? Remember, deflation changes all the rules we've been used to. You've got to think upside down now that cash is king, at least temporarily.


October 07, 2008

Don’t Catch Falling Knives

During the collapse of the bubble, I believed that the stock of the company I'd founded, ITXC, was grossly undervalued; so I bought some both hoping to profit and also to calm the market by showing investors that I was willing to risk my own money in the stock – when CEOs buy it's public More...

October 06, 2008

Bailout Blues

Last Week

"We'll surely fail

If you don't bail,"

Said Wall Street to the gov.



October 05, 2008

Deflation Primer

Deflation is the debtor's worst enemy just as inflation is the debtor's best friend. In inflationary times the value of the asset you borrowed money to buy goes up so quickly that you can always sell and come out ahead despite the interest you paid in the meantime. In deflationary time, the outs More...

October 01, 2008

Don’t Pay Ransom

The world shouldn't pay ransom to Somali pirates; clearly the ransoms paid lead to more piracy.

The US shouldn't pay ransom to Wall Street; ransoms paid will reward past reckless behavior and incent reckless behavior in the future. They won't "save the ecomomy".

I'm sure you're gett More...

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