Ross Naylor's Ezine - Issue6 and a bit - Scattered Thoughts
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Between 1 and 2.5 million people (depending on whose view you take - whatever, it's a lot) took
to the streets to protest against French pension reforms last week. The government want to raise
the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. This is going to happen more and more and not only
in France. Governments simply cannot afford to honour the pledges made by previ ous
Meanwhile in Britain, research by Barings Asset Management revealed that 48% of those who do
have a pension plan, have never reviewed it. Scarier still, of those who had reviewed it a third of
them still didn't know where their money was invested. Small wonder then that, in the same
survey, 42% of respondents had no idea when they would be able to retire.
Swiss Banking Secrecy - R.I.P. As of the 1st of October any foreign government with which the
Swiss have a tax information exchange agreement can request that the Swiss tax authorities
investigate any named individual.
They have however managed to i nsert a clause whereby any investigations arising based on
actions which are punishable under Swiss law, e.g. cd's full of data stolen by bank employees,
are ignored. Never bet against those crafty Swiss.
China and Russia plan to start trading in each other's currencies as the world's second-biggest
energy consumer and the largest energy supplier seek to diminish the dollar's role in global trade.
The plan is to eliminate the need to convert yuan holdings in to dollars before converting in to
rubles to pay for Russian commodities. Not a good sign for the dollar's status as reserve
August was a good month for managed futures funds. Man Group's AHL was up 6.2%, Winton's
flagship fund was up 4.33% and IQS was up 15.46%.
I'm thinking that timber can be an interesting asset class to get exposure to. It has very little
correlation to traditional equity markets. All I need to do now , is figure out how to do so.
The Baltic Dry Index (BDIY:IND), which I mentioned back in mid July, has risen by nearly 60%
since then. It is now at a level around 3,000, which is close to it's historic trend.
Remember, that things always revert to their trend. But they never just revert and then stop. They
revert and keep going, until it is time to revert back again. This applies on the way up and on the
The government of Norway is buying up Greek government bonds, because they do not think that
the Greek government will default on them. The Norwegian government (or at least the part of it
that is responsible for managing it's oil wealth) has a record for being pretty shrewd. So this is a
real vote of confidence for Greece.
That's it for today
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