Jonathan Matte

Rand / Ore

Quick commentary today, in honor of it being International Brevity Day.  I'm pretty sure that's today because somebody shared an announcement for it on Facebook.  Looking at the South African rand versus USD, I see that it's taken a smidge of a tumble in recent days...

The Addiction of the Temporary Fix

While aggregating news for various JLN newsletters this morning, I came across this press release: Aggressive Central Bank Actions Will Continue As Long As Global Economic Prospects Remain Bleak, According to BNY Mellon-Sponsored ReportCentral banks are unlikely to...

Crime and Either Punishment, or a Reasonable Facsimile Thereof

They busted a guy, finally, for burglary in our neighborhood. A lot of people around here knew who he was; he was living in the neighborhood that he was stealing from.  On his days off from work, he would wait until mid-morning for his neighbors to head out, and then...

No Big Deal

During my time spent running a CTA, I learned pretty quickly that there is an absolute, infinite difference between an open, funded account with authorization to trade; and everything else.  "Everything else" includes an enormous range of statements made by...

Digging for Roots

Many countries around the world continue to wrestle with wobbling economies.  The US has its "fiscal cliff" event this year.  Europe struggles mightily to hold the eurozone together, even as it questions the value of the currency that it created.  Asia shows signs of...

Choose Proper Management Over a Flashy Friend

Iceland's had a pretty rough patch since 2008.  The banking crisis there -- which wasn't so much a "banking" crisis as a "near-total economic collapse" crisis -- created severe hardship for many people in the country.  That's been so well documented (also, John...

The Crows of Gasoline

Imagine a beautiful, autumn scene:  still, early-morning air with a sharp, crisp edge; a thin mist dancing lazily around the tops of the green-golden trees; a river winding silently along through a brown grass meadow and out of sight. Then... a gunshot rings out!  A...

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