Category: Financial Markets

Financial Markets
Chris MacIntosh

Revisiting Saudi Arabia

In May of last year I was attempting to figure out if there was an asymmetric play to be had in the land of sand and black gloop. There were a lot of moving pieces to deal with. I think it’s worth revisiting but first it’s worth reviewing what I

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Financial Markets
Chris MacIntosh

Here’s How To “Go Long” Africa

About a month ago, the South African government raised the minimum threshold for black ownership of mining companies from 26% to 30%. It’s called “black empowerment” or “affirmative action” and is intended to provide black people with greater access to wealth, education, and to correct the inequality created by the

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Financial Markets
Chris MacIntosh

Mr Creosote is Full

Maitre D’: “And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint.” Mr Creosote: “No.” Maitre D’: “Oh, sir! It’s only a tiny little thin one.” Mr Creosote: “No. F**k off. I’m full…” [Belches] Maitre D’: “Oh, sir… it’s only wafer thin.” Mr Creosote: “Look – I couldn’t eat another thing. I’m absolutely stuffed. Bugger off.” Maitre D’: “Oh, sir, just…

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Crisis Meet China – China Meet Crisis

Earlier this week, Kyle Bass spoke on Bloomberg about the reckless expansion of the credit system in the Middle Kingdom. He warned about the ballooning asset-liability mismatch in the shady $4-trillion wealth management products (WMPs) market. And went on to say “this is the beginning of the Chinese credit crisis” while admitting it could take some time

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How Heavy Is This?

Here is a glass of water. You’re holding it. How heavy is it? The answer is: the actual weight probably doesn’t matter. It’s just a glass of water. What matters is how long you hold it. Hold it for a minute, it’s no problem. An hour and your arm will ache. A

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