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  1. What are the markets smoking? - 2021 February 24

    A conversation between some smokers I overheard at a cafe the other day got me thinking about some things. The trade in cigarettes is actually a very interesting window into a number of international trade concepts.


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  2. The calm before the commodities end of month rollover storm - 2021 February 24

    A rather big event is brewing in commodities prices now that we are getting close to the end of the month. Due to recent events this will have a rather large impact on a few things, especially silver prices.


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  3. The pandemic of mindless contactless payments - 2021 January 31

    Against the backdrop of the Covid pandemic we have another pandemic; the pandemic of people who are mindlessly making contactless payments.


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  4. A quick introduction to the mechanism of stock short selling - 2021 January 30

    The last few days have seen another historic short selling squeeze in the markets, this time with the Gamestock (NYSE:GME) stock. If you are interested in knowing why the price has moved the way it has it's important to understand how short selling works.


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  5. What are "no code" solutions? - 2021 January 09

    Yet another rebranding maneuver has come up in the automation/RPA space lately. Some vendors and consultants have started calling power user software with GUI's "no code" solutions.


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  6. Financial spam emails ratio - 2020 December 30

    Is the ratio of financial spam emails to regular spam in the inbox a good indicator of mania in the markets?


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  7. Why price impacts from Quantitative Easing can be delayed - 2020 December 02

    Quantitative Easing is not necessarily inflationary in the way that people think it is. A lot of misconceptions exist about this, I probably have some myself, so I'm hoping to break it down a bit. I think inflation will eventually impact prices in a manner not seen in a long time but people will be caught off guard because some long standing deflationary trends will be more obvious first before the inflation really kicks into full affect.


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  8. Solar panels and car sales, a financialization story - 2020 November 12

    Solar panels and car sales increasingly have something in common beyond Elon Musk being good at selling both of them. Increasingly I see a situation whereby people don't want you to pay cash for them.


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  9. Slack capacity and food supply chains - 2020 November 02

    Wasting some food is an important part of avoiding famines. There's an optimal amount of food that we have to waste in order to avoid the worst impacts of famines.


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