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The Wine Industry: A lesson in marketing

Friday, 28 November 2008, 18:44 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

An interesting thought experiment: How would you value your wine collection should the labels wash away? Yesterday I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a local boutique winery. The winemaker took us on a short tour through his winery explaining about the high quality of the local terroir, a French term used to denote the special […]

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Citi in Trouble, Violent Market Swings and Staring at Stock Charts: My Thoughts

Sunday, 23 November 2008, 18:43 | Economics, Investing | 0 Comment
by Numan

Citi won’t be allowed to fall, we got accustomed to violent swings pretty fast and I admit it: I’m addicted to stock charts. #1 Citi’s troubles are a whole different ball game During this crisis a lot of “unthinkables” occurred, changing our perspective on the financial markets and their institutions. I ...

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What Should I Do With My Money?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008, 18:04 | Economics, Investing, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Turbulent times confuse household investors. I know I’m confused An interesting and timely experiment was conducted by one of our local business papers. Trying to answer the eternal question of “what should I do with my money?” the paper set out to review what leading brokers, financial planners and money managers would ...

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Negotiating Better Mortgages, Options Crash Course and Financial Fear @ The Round Up

Sunday, 16 November 2008, 17:31 | Economics | 0 Comment
by Numan

A long overdue Round Up It’s been a long time since I posted a proper round-up. I find these very important in several aspects. First, they are a gesture to fellow bloggers, recognizing the hard work they put in which benefits us all. Second, there are some great blogs out there which we all should […]

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Surprising (and Promising) Aspects of the Financial Crisis

Friday, 14 November 2008, 17:19 | Economics, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

What do Playboy Playmates have to do with a very interesting article in the NY Times regarding the impact of financial crisis? Bloomberg reported yesterday that the number of visitors to the baseball hall of fame has reduced by 12%, on average. Fewer visitors and fewer donations find their way to the museum which is […]

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The Bull Trap Snapped – What Now?

Tuesday, 11 November 2008, 16:32 | Economics, Investing | 0 Comment
by Numan

My spontaneous observations on recent events About two weeks ago I wrote a post titled How to Recognize a Bull Trap. Since then the markets seem to have been struggling to hold on to any shred of optimism but I believe pessimism found its way back to the markets for now, as expected.

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Shortcuts to Early Retirement – Absurd Frugal Thinking or Common Financial Sense?

Tuesday, 4 November 2008, 14:39 | Budgeting, Economics, Money Saving Tips, Psychology | 0 Comment
by Numan

Permanent income gone astray The past week has been exceptionally long. I’ve managed to work 42.5 hours in just three days. Since I found this particular project very interesting it hardly felt like work was robbing me of my spare time. I often dislike working long hours as it simply seems like the days are […]

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Senior Regulators to Senate: Surprised at the failure of Voluntary Regulation. Where They Really That Naïve?

Friday, 24 October 2008, 14:36 | Economics, Investing, Psychology, Risk Management | 0 Comment
by Numan

“.. for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (genesis 8:21) Three senior regulators were apparently very surprised by the behavior of financial institutions and especially investment banks and the part they played in the current crisis. Where they really that naïve? I find it a bit hard to believe. What the ...

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