"Most of them became wealthy by being well connected and crooked. And they are creating a society in which they can commit hugely damaging economic crimes with impunity, and in which only children of the wealthy have the opportunity to become successful. That’s what I have a problem with. And I think most people agree with me."Charles Ferguson, Predator Nation"A lot of white-collar criminals are psychopaths. But they flourish because the characteristics that define the disorder are actually valued. When they get caught, what happens? A slap on the wrist, a six-month ban from trading, and don't give us the $100 million back. I've always looked at white-collar crime as being as bad or worse than some of the physically violent crimes that are committed."Robert HareTsar Nicholas II: I know what will make them happy. They're children, and they need a Tsar! They need tradition. Not this! They're the victims of agitators. A Duma would make them bewildered and discontented. And don't tell me about London and Berlin. God save us from the mess they're in!Count Witte: I see. So they talk, pray, march, plead, petition and what do they get? Cossacks, prison, flogging, police, spies, and now, after today, they will be shot. Is this God's will? Are these His methods? Make war on your own people? How long do you think they're going to stand there and let you shoot them? YOU ask ME who's responsible? YOU ask?From Nikolas and Alexandra
06 January 2015
SP 500 and NDX Futures Daily Charts - Wash 'N Rinse, or Something Different
There was intraday commentary about this opening year plunge in stocks here.
Let's see how the rest of January goes before drawing too many conclusions.
There is not a lot of doubt in my mind that, given the current vectors, this will end badly. But timing and forecasts are a very difficult process, best approached with a great deal of humility.
Have a pleasant evening.
Posted by Jesse at 4:14 PM