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The Optionality in Shorting the Yen

Recently we’ve initiated a short position in Japanese Yen in our Fixed Income Strategy. Some observers have been forecasting economic catastrophe for Japan and its currency for many years based on its poor demographics and steadily worsening fiscal situation. Kyle Bass is one of the better known Japan bears, and he has written eloquently about […]

The Tragedy of Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d’Alene (CDE)  is a silver and gold mining company that we have owned in the past but do not at present. Like many bullion miners, they seem to be cheap relative to the NAV of the assets they own. CDE was down quite sharply during the Summer before rallying strongly starting in August when central bank […]

Bernanke Makes the Case for Gold

There’s a thoughtful op-ed by Gavyn Davies in the FT today (Why did Bernanke change his mind). The Fed has a dual mandate of targetting maximum employment consistent with stable prices (which they take to mean inflation no greater than 2%). What’s become clear following last week’s announcement is that the priority the Fed attaches to […]

A Grass Roots View of the Narcotic Effect of Debt

One of the few things on which just about everybody can agree during this election season is that our elected officials in Washington, DC have taken on too much debt on our behalf. Voters part company on what to do about it, but most agree it’s a problem that’s not going away. Deciding to borrow […]

Trading Inflation for Growth

In yesterday’s press conference, Steve Liesman from CNBC asked a highly pertinent question of Chairman Bernanke. Steve asked whether the explicit focus on employment meant that the Fed was now willing to tolerate a higher inflation rate than would otherwise be the case. Bernanke answered predictably by noting that the Fed by law has a dual […]