“Vulgar, but not a vulgar as Louis Vuitton, thought Sherman.” Perhaps it’s time to think about the unthinkable and close markets for a few weeks?  Today we might be seeing a rash of desperate new efforts by central banks to promise liquidity to Treasuries, to pump money into stocks and shares in Norway and Japan……

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The Institutional Risk Analyst, we review the new book by David Enrich, “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.” Enrich is currently a financial editor at The New York Times and was previously an editor at The Wall Street Journal covering financial institutions. This important book puts in perspective the history of Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:…

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When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Abe Maslow, the same fellow who developed the “hierarchy of needs” paradigm in human psychology, popularized that phrase to warn scientific researchers about the perils of using tools inappropriate to the task at hand. It is an especially relevant observation when it comes to…

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“Inflation” occurs when the creation of currency outruns the creation of real wealth it can bid for… It isn’t caused by price increases; rather, it causes price increases. Inflation is not caused by the butcher, the baker, or the automaker, although they usually get blamed. On the contrary, by producing real wealth, they fight the effects…

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Banks and bankers are dishonest by design, these bankers are not committing suicide because they want to be the first in heaven… During the past few years, we extensively covered a bizarre surge in banker suicides, pointing out the various conspiracy theories linking various high-level bank executives and inside scandals at the very highest levels across financial…

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