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The Yacht’s Adrift

August 23, 2013

Drama. Try to imagine a world in which nobody bought anything today – not even a new yacht – except food and shelter and, in the latter, we only put aside enough money to pay our rent or make our mortgage payment as due (The Times, August 14, 2013, Emir knocks Roman Abramovich off top of mega-yacht league table).

But we didn’t drive our cars today and we took the public transit, our bicycles, or we walked to work. We didn’t lunch at Gino’s or coffee at Starbucks, but we bought a hamburger for $2 or munched on an apple at our desk. We didn’t fly to New York. We didn’t buy a new living room suite or a new car or landscape the yard. We didn’t pay down our student loan or credit card debt, and we didn’t buy a new i-thing, or pay our phone bill, not today. We can only afford to meet with our friends and we’ll do that in the public park.

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.   --John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) in The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
–John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) in The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
Courtesy: Sedulia’s Quotations

We’re doing all this (or not doing it, as it were) because they say that we are the “Gen Y” – born to economize – so the other thing that we’re not buying today is you, Mr. Wealth Manager, and you, Ms. Economic Pundit, because we know that you don’t know what you’re talking about and our only wish is that it should be more entertaining, better written, less clichéd with less jargon, and not depend so much on the ideas of some defunct, and otherwise dead, economist (Pay Day, August 23, 2013, Inflation: Gen Y has no idea what’s coming and Gluskin Sheff and Associates, Research, August 14, 2013, From Inflation to Deflation and Back! by David A. Rosenberg)

The only thing that we need in the bond and equity markets is lots of broker/dealers, market makers, and custodians, and lots of companies that do what they do, and pay dividends with more or less success. But we investors don’t need you, thank you very much. And Tim Hortons, and many other fine companies, are hiring, if that’s of any help to you.

Maybe the spin is on. Maybe it’s not. We’re just going to check our stop/losses, puts and calls, and maybe we’ll have another hangdog market. We hope so.

Postscript

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