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    Alternative Minimum

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. For a long time, I used to go to work early. I worked downtown, alone on a nearly silent floor, and around dawn most mornings I took a coffee break or an early lunch, looking out the south windows on the streets coming fitfully […]

    / Nov 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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    Rarefied Air

    A few years ago I was fortunate to attend a lecture given by Paul Wilmott challenging the wisdom of modeling derivatives on the assumption that there is no arbitrage. He floated an alternative approach (as but one of many possible heterodox approaches) outlining the pitfalls therein – chiefly the difficulty of convincing investors to bear with you until your thesis proves out – and toward the end he took questions. Some brave soul asked him, “Where does the money come from?”

    / Jan 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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    Karl Marx Was Wrong

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. First Nouriel Roubini, soon afterward George Magnus, and since then the vast and vacuous consensusphere have lately given currency to notion that Karl Marx was right after all. “Marx was right” is just the sort of opinion a person might venture late at night […]

    / Sep 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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    Naughty Hawks

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. This is the worst time in decades to try to reduce the deficit. Unemployment is immorally high, growth remains anemic, private deleveraging shows no signs of abatement, infrastructure is rapidly deteriorating and the prospect of a stagflationary double-dip recession is all too imminent. Yet […]

    / Apr 21, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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    DB At The Movies: Margin Call

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. “Margin Call” is not “Wall Street,” “Boiler Room,” or “Glengarry Glen Ross.” It’s not trying to be any of those. There are no fistfights, car chases or explosions. There are no dick jokes. Strippers, hookers and blow are alluded to, but remain off-screen. Despite […]

    / Mar 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    DB At The Movies: Inside Job

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. Had Travis Bickle had made a good-looking documentary about the perils of deregulation, he would have made “Inside Job.” Sony Pictures Classics gave auteur Charles Ferguson complete creative and editorial control over his sophomore effort. It shows.

    / Oct 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM
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    Money And Votes, Checks And Balances

    The following post is by Dealbreaker reader and commenter Infinite Guest. When Congressman Barney Frank said “money is influential, but votes will kick money’s ass any time they come up against each other,” he wasn’t referring to votes on the floor of the House and Senate, nor to the money our elected officials are paid, […]

    / Aug 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM

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