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About time - EURCHF almost -40%, then retraceshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-15/snb-unexpectedly-gives-up-cap-on-franc-lowers-deposit-rate.html When I created my username, it was getting close enough. It was the most fun day of my relatively short FX career, watching EURCHF move all the way up after getting oh so close to parity. In... 6 months 2 weeks

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Well, for maybe 2-3k from the Midwest, you can...Well, for maybe 2-3k from the Midwest, you can fulfill two of your dreams already. The Great Wall is a 1-2h minivan ride from Beijing, so you can go walk amongst the massive crowds and admire the nothingness on both sides. It is somewhat worth it, although I wouldn't go to Beijing just for it (... 21 hours 39 min
Glengarry Glen Ross is about people being put in...Glengarry Glen Ross is about people being put in a situation where there is no exit (the leads suck, they can't get more leads, they're too old for another job), and then being pressured to do the impossible. It's a typical left wing "life sucks and you can't do anything about it" movie. Like... 2 days 10 hours
The fascinating thing about Breivik and what your...The fascinating thing about Breivik and what your discussion is missing out is that he planned it out from the start. Key to his manifesto were: 1. he intended to strike a blow to left wing politics in Norway for three decades 2. he wanted to show how easy it was for someone with a decent IQ... 3 days 8 hours
Friends depend on who you are and your values...Friends depend on who you are and your values really. I've met thousands of people, I know where to poke to get people to show their colours quickly, and if they align with mine we usually keep in touch. The great thing about Singapore especially is how little race matters (and other groups,... 3 days 9 hours
If money is your only metric, you should consider...If money is your only metric, you should consider Asia: - decent talent is scarcer (although this is changing) which both means easier promotions and easier performance reviews (I'm just off a meeting with a 50yo American who complains he'd just be reaching C-level age in the US, but reached it... 3 days 22 hours
Some day when I retire, I'll go through my 40GB...Some day when I retire, I'll go through my 40GB or so of emails from the last decade and try and patch it together into a blog. Occasionally, I read back emails I sent friends as time passed (the 2 page variety) and it's funny watching my own mindset evolve. Emails are the best because you don't... 4 days 8 hours
Living in the region, I think you can basically...Living in the region, I think you can basically split major cities in these categories: 1. big important global hub (NYC, London, Tokyo), 2. smaller "suburban" like first world (Sydney/Melbourne, SF, Chicago, LA, Singapore), 3. second world (Shanghai, Beijing, HK, maybe Bangkok and KL, Manila... 4 days 21 hours
Are they that harsh though? Both sides know they...Are they that harsh though? Both sides know they have negotiating power: Greece by finding a way to exit the Eurozone, and then threatening to do it (such as joining Russia's sphere of influence, which is a poisoned gift if there ever was one); Germany by denying cash flow for a little while and... 4 days 21 hours
I think they *are* willing to pay, to an extent (...I think they *are* willing to pay, to an extent (as seen by the repeated success in Greece's getting credit extensions, further deals, etc.). Germany did benefit massively from the devaluation of the "new Mark". They understand the concept of hysteresis, that a nation that gains a temporary... 5 days 4 hours
There's a simple solution for those who believe...There's a simple solution for those who believe there's a gap between what their labour should fetch and what it is fetching, and that gap is absorbed by capitalists: become a capitalist yourself. If you start a business, you can pay yourself whatever you like off the profits after tax. Actually... 5 days 5 hours