Monday, December 12, 2011

Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk: Bankers are the dictators of the West

which then hand their democratic mandate and people's power to the banks and the derivative traders and the rating agencies, all three backed up by the slovenly and dishonest coterie of "experts" from America's top universities and "think tanks", who maintain the fiction that this is a crisis of globalisation rather than a massive financial con trick foisted on the voters.

The banks and the rating agencies have become the dictators of the West. Like the Mubaraks and Ben Alis, the banks believed – and still believe – they are owners of their countries. The elections which give them power have – through the gutlessness and collusion of governments – become as false as the polls to which the Arabs were forced to troop decade after decade to anoint their own national property owners. Goldman Sachs and the Royal Bank of Scotland became the Mubaraks and Ben Alis of the US and the UK, each gobbling up the people's wealth in bogus rewards and bonuses for their vicious bosses on a scale infinitely more rapacious than their greedy Arab dictator-brothers could imagine.

DBK.ETR chart
Deutsche Bank, Compensation and Benefits 2010: EUR 12'671'000'000

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Financial Corruption

Ron Hera shows some trends in the US (which of course are of great global influence) from the past 10+ years and, unfortunately, ongoing.

By Ron Hera: How The U.S. Will Become a 3rd World Country (Part 2)
Under ordinary circumstances, monetary inflation has the effect of redistributing wealth in favor of those who receive newly created money first.  The value of money is reduced as a function of the number of currency units in the economy but recipients of newly created money can spend it before it loses value.  In a declining economy, however, the wealth redistribution effects of inflation are magnified.


Among other things, U.S. tax policies will erode capital formation within the remnants of the middle class, which is the engine of small business creation and the source of most American jobs.  The eventual result will be a three-tier socioeconomic structure consisting of a super rich wealthy class, a much poorer working class and a massive, politically and financially disenfranchised underclass, similar to that of a 3rd world country.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy Paradeplatz Lindenhof Petition

Zürich, Lindenhof, 2011-10-27

Die Stadt Zurich möchte scheinbar das Camp der Occupy Paradeplatz Demonstranten nicht mehr auf dem Lindenhof haben.

Schade. Einen Hafenkran an der Limmat gleich unterhalb des Lindehofs möchte sie dagegen gerne installieren.

Hafenkran Limmat

Tagi: "Die Frage ist, ob wir gestaltete Plätze oder trostlose Flächen wollen"

Dann doch lieber ein nettes Sit-In, Aktionskunst sozusagen, für eine Gute Sache, um ein bisschen auf extreme Verwerfungen in unserem Finanzsystem hinzuweisen!

Also, jeder kann ein bisschen mitspielen, man muss nicht im Zelt überwintern - heutzutage reicht ein kleines Web Formular:-).

Hier ist die Online Petition, damit könnt ihr die Stadt Zürich über eure Meinung informieren.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Basic Income

Even the garbageman is streamlined away!

Food for thought in this video by a Swiss/German initiative.

Watch live streaming video from occupyzh at

A version with English sub titles is here.

Occupy Paradeplatz at Lindenhof
Via Occupy Paradeplatz (2011-10-27).

Friday, September 16, 2011

Biggest Brokest Banks

Biggest banks by assets for the business year of 2010 in CHF billion:

Broken banks according to the market as of the close of 2011-09-15 by percentage of market capitalization in relation to their assets (aeh, basically liabilities;-):

Data source: Thomson Reuters Datastream

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Soros on Europe

From Zero Hedge: Soros Thinks The Unthinkable About Europe
All this would cost money. Under existing arrangements no more money is to be found and no new arrangements are allowed by the German Constitutional Court decision without the authorization of the Bundestag.

[Any solution] would presuppose a radical change of heart, particularly in Germany. The German public still thinks that it has a choice about whether to support the euro or to abandon it. That is a mistake. The euro exists and the assets and liabilities of the financial system are so intermingled on the basis of a common currency that a breakdown of the euro would cause a meltdown beyond the capacity of the authorities to contain. The longer it takes for the German public to realize this, the heavier the price they and the rest of the world will have to pay.
With a comment from jeff montanye:
sacrifice democracy and freedom because disentangling euro based accounting is too complex? aww, go on, give it a try. and remember: the bondholders, stockholders and current management are the first to make a sacrifice, not the last. see how far that gets you.

Der Spiegel Interview with George Soros
SPIEGEL: Is the current crisis even worse than the one in 2008?

Soros: This crisis is still the continuation of the same crisis. In 2008, the financial system collapsed and it had to be put on artificial life support. The authorities managed to save the system. But the imbalances that caused the crisis have not been removed.


Soros: Of course, speculation will always make a crisis worse. If there is a weak point, it will expose it. And you are right, the CDS market is a very dangerous instrument and I think it should not be allowed. I am one of the very few people who argue that the CDS is a dangerous instrument because it is so lop-sided in favor of a negative outcome.


Soros: The indebtedness of the US is not all that high, but if a double-dip recession was in doubt a few weeks ago, it is less in doubt now, because financial markets have a very safe way of predicting the future. They cause it. And the markets have decided that America is going to see a recession, particularly after the recent downgrade of the US by the rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

SPIEGEL: President Barack Obama has been fiercely criticized for his handling of the economy. You were one of his biggest supporters in 2008. Are you happy with his economic policy?

Soros: No, of course not. But the reality is that we have had 25 years of excesses building up in America — a combustible mix of too much credit and too much leverage. You need a long time to reverse that.


SPIEGEL: The $800 billion stimulus program launched by Obama did not live up to that?

Soros: Obama’s stimulus program was not big enough and it was not directed at improving infrastructure nor human capital. So it was not productive enough.

SPIEGEL: And any further stimulus is now basically a non-starter, because the conservative majority in Congress is hell-bent on preventing it.

Soros: That is what is pushing the world towards another recession, into a double dip.


SPIEGEL: As an investor, do you listen to the rating agencies?

Soros: Well, I do not, but many other investors do.


SPIEGEL: In the end, will China be the only winner in this crisis?

Soros: China, of course, has been the great winner of globalization, and if globalization collapses, the Chinese will also be among the losers. So they have a strong interest in preserving the current global system. However, in some ways, they have been just as reluctant to accept it as the Germans. Germans have been hesitant to accept responsibility for Europe, and the Chinese have been hesitant to accept responsibility for the world. But they are both being pushed into it.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Busting Banks

busting banks
Bank price sales multiples for 2011-08-31, market cap and sales in CHF billion.

Data source: Thomson Reuters Datastream

Friday, August 12, 2011

Platinum Gold Ratio

On 2011-08-09 the Platinum Gold ratio hit 1 to 1. As you can see in the chart below, this is happening the third time in the last 10+ years. And it hasn't gone much lower historically nor did it stay there for very long. And it makes sense. Platinum is the rarer, finer, heavier, more precious "White Gold"! Since then actually Gold has retreated a bit and Platinum moved slightly up again. We will see...


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tire Tycoons

Tire companies and their market caps in CHF billion, source Thomson DataStream, 2011-06-12:

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Car Companies

Car companies and their market caps in CHF billion, source Thomson DataStream, 2011-06-05:

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Silver Mine Production

World Silver Mine Production
year   mio oz       t
1989 527.3 16400
1990 533.7 16600
1991 501.6 15600
1992 479.0 14900
1993 453.3 14100
1994 450.1 14000
1995 479.0 14900
1996 485.5 15100
1997 530.5 16500
1998 553.0 17200
1999 549.8 17100
2000 581.9 18100
2001 601.2 18700
2002 604.4 18800
2003 604.4 18800
2004 643.0 20000
2005 668.7 20800
2006 652.7 20300
2007 675.2 21000
2008 684.8 21300
2009 700.9 21800
Source: USGS

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Compounding Interest

Compounding Interest, present value, future value, etc.

Updated 2011-04-11, here is another financial calculator, that includes all different variables in a single form.