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It’s Logical to Think of Negative Interest Rates as a Storage Cost for Money

This piece is not original or revolutionary. It is a distillation of various discussions and illustrative of a current somewhat unique situation. Post commencement of writing this article, the author has read an excellent piece by David Merkel in the Aleph Blog, http://alephblog.com/2015/04/21/on-negative-interest-rates/. This explains negative interest rates perhaps more eloquently than the current. In […]

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Our Big Kitchen

This post is not about Portable Beta, or finance; however a charity with a unique and effective way of engaging the community is worth writing about. http://obk.org.au/ Our Big Kitchen (OBK) is, to quote from their website:

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Is it ok to not lend your stock?

Common wisdom and common practice is divided. Before I present my views, I ask another question: Is it ok to not receive interest on your cash… Clearly, the answer to the latter is a resounding NO. So, if we ask: How do you earn interest on your cash? The answer; by lending it to a […]

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Interesting Charts

I came across this article courtesy of Marc Faber at┬áCalibrated Confidence. All the charts therein are interesting and worth a look. What caught my eye was this one –┬áMedian Household Net Worth by Age Group (1989-2010): The chart very visually illustrates the decline in median household net worth in the USA over approximately the last […]

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What’s in a Headline:

Sometimes I wonder just what goes in to creating a headline. Analyse exactly what the words of a headline say, and you may be left incredulous. Are they an accurate reflection of what is going on. Are they an accurate reflection of the article that follows, or are they just devices to attempt to capture […]

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