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Bank Holiday Imminent?

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Reuters reports that Tokyo Stock Exchange firms are seeking market closure as the markets are too volatile. We agree. This means we may get the first post September 11 bank holiday as early as tonight. If so, keep an eye on the USDJPY. "Some foreign financial institutions are calling for Japan's stock market to halt trading, while the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Japanese financial regulators are planning to keep markets open, news agency Nikkei reported. The news agency said officials from more than 10 non-Japanese financial firms held a conference call Tuesday afternoon, with some firms calling for the market to be closed immediately, Nikkei reported, citing people familiar with the discussion. Some participants argued that the market was too volatile to continue trading, according to the report." And if Japan closes, watch for rolling market shutdowns westward as the sun rises over each individual stock market.

From Reuters:

 The TSE's rules allow it to shut down trading if it is possible that brokerages accounting for more than 20 percent of volume cannot do business, Nikkei reported. The prime minister can also halt trading if there's a change of "harm to the public good or investor protections," Nikkei reported.

Japanese stocks plunged following an earthquake and tsunami, which subsequently caused a nuclear reactor disaster. Some foreign bank employees have fled the country as chaos erupted, leaving trading desks understaffed.

The Nikkei report said TSE President Atsushi Saito wasn't prepared to shut the exchange down yet.

Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, HSBC, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo and UBS did not immediately provide comment on the situation.

We wonder if hopium will work now that reality is finally reasserting itself. We can't wait to hear from all the momo permabulls on this issue.

 


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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:11 | Link to Comment SpeakerFTD
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Right before option expiry.  Put holders get hosed again.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:21 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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I guess that would be the case (dunno nothin' bou't no options), but it hasn't happened yet.

And anyway, TD how are you extrapolating a bank holiday out of this?  It seems like pulling one in the middle of a disaster, when people need to buy supplies would be political suicide.  Besides which closing the stock exhange isn't closing the banks, is it?  Enlighten us poor peons plz! (seriously, I don't get it)

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment -Michelle-
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Buy supplies?  From where?  Any supplies are going to be handed out at shelters.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:42 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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ZH reported 7-11's getting cleaned out as soon as they restocked, so evidentially goods are coming from somewhere.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:52 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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You can't be that stupid.  Surely not.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:57 | Link to Comment Michael
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Is this kind of waht it looks like?

Wall Street + Federal Reserve Corporation Theft = World Economic Collapse 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI8dfFN7H1w 

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 01:55 | Link to Comment OldPhart
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Wow, deja veux rerun...disturbing.

That fictional snip is from the early 80's, fiction as truth is the same as lie=true. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Tyler Durden
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"Bank holiday" is the generic name for a market close.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:43 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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Tnx!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment edotabin
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It means we are "Winning!"

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:56 | Link to Comment steveo
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Tyler, I sent a story idea to tips (at) zerohedge.org

Thought this was a pretty good one, feel free to replublish or tell me how to do it, if you like it.

http://oahutrading.blogspot.com/2011/03/nuclear-japan-stock-market-holdi...

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:02 | Link to Comment DocLogo
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Now's the time to push for pebble bed reactors

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:01 | Link to Comment New_Meat
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nowz the time playaz are queuing up for natural gas combined cycle units. - Ned

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:29 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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I vote for coal gassification, combined cycle.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 08:11 | Link to Comment spanish inquisition
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Stationary bikes that plug into outlets. Should take care of obesity too. 2 birds, 1 stone.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:58 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Now, how in the hell are they going to jam the market higher with it closed???  That doesn't make sense.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:08 | Link to Comment e_goldstein
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closed to the proles. not closed to those doing "god's work."

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:12 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Ahhh, Roger that.  Pulling levers and twisting knobs behind the curtain. 

Couldn't they just 'declare' the market to be some 'value'?  I always get lost as to why they just don't decree things are better.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:13 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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Tyler,

 

I just got fucked over by " the vitamin shoppe ".

 

As I was giving a follow up call on my order status the bitch told me my order ( placed on monday mourning ) was now on back order until the middle of June.

 

Un fucking real, the bitch manager also gave me the same line of bullshit. So Spalding says, pass the word " the vitamin shoppe " = dog shit .....

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:47 | Link to Comment nufio
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The same thing happend to me. My lawyer said I could potentially sue them, if they are actually holding out on stock to sell at a higher price.
She said its probably not worth my time as its hard to prove that.
But yeah. fuck vitamin shoppe.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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Put it in caps....

I'll be spamming about that fucking company over the next few weeks ... 

Fuck um'.....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:57 | Link to Comment Mark McGoldrick
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Spalding, spalding, spalding....

I like you, if for no other reason than you chose the name of a character from my all time favorite movie.

However....

Why the fuck do you think Tyler would care about this?

lol

Right now, at this very instant, it's raining pianos in the FX market, and you're babbling about the vitamin shoppe and some $7/hour phone operator?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:10 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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I know Tyler does not care, that was part of the joke. Just like my uncle ben rants ....

 

I hate the status quo but it's not changing so all the inflationist bullshit must be blasted by Spalding because we have no other choice except a reset or basket ...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:58 | Link to Comment Misstrial
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Don't worry, think of all the unhappy people who missed out on the Charlie Sheen show tickets.

Sold out in 18 minutes. 

~Misstrial

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:15 | Link to Comment macholatte
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Bank Holiday

A bank holiday is a public holiday in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although the majority of the population not employed in essential services (e.g. utilities, fire, ambulance, police, health-care, public transport workers) receive them as holidays; those employed in essential services usually receive extra pay for working on these days. The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, but today the term is colloquially used for public holidays which are not officially bank holidays, for example Good Friday and Christmas Day.

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_holiday

 

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:36 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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Wrong definition.  When fractional reserve banking backs up, there is not enough money for depositors to withdraw, so the banks close.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:28 | Link to Comment dark pools of soros
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so we should get our tranny porn fix now before the major spike in traffic tomorrow?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:44 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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You have 3 eyes.   Have you been visiting Japan lately?   How could any 3-eyed person be expected to "get" anything?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:27 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Racoon is on the Sushi Menu. The theme is (Fight For It)

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:30 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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You know I love ya man. Just teasing. You owe me one.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:12 | Link to Comment Squid-puppets a...
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This will be interesting - if a 'Bank Holiday' causes more catastrophic losses than not having a bank holiday, we have a real black swan event

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:22 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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They're back P(hole)terTimmays.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:49 | Link to Comment mephisto
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Nikkei options expired last friday - not this one.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:11 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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why not? In America we have bank holidays a couple of times a week. We just call them POMO's...which is like Christmas for bankers isn't it?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:33 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Oh, so sorry, Mother Nature done did an end-run around your plans for global financial domination?

FUCK THESE NIGGERS.

Keep the markets open.  Let the big guys get gutted.  Make them eat their own shit.

Burn this mother fucker DOWN.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:41 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Sports Guy Chest Bump )(

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:45 | Link to Comment redpill
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Unnecessary.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:29 | Link to Comment hamurobby
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Probably right, but what is realy sad is, the ptb are already hedged and are just selling to fools.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment LowProfile
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Chumba's back, and getting the junks for using the dreaded, nuclear-tipped N-WORD.

Chumba, my nigga! Respect.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:01 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Nigger is as nigger does.

We're supposedly in a post-racial society, and in a nation that has as it's Prime Directive the unalienable, inherent, God-given right to Freedom of Speech.

So let's have it out finally.

What fucking problem do you all have with the god damned word, "nigger"?

I'm here to announce that I have finally killed the word nigger.  It's dead!  Long live nigger!

Now that it is dead and gone from this utopian society in which we are judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character, we can now re-purpose it to apply its true meaning to those who are deserving of it.  I can think of several groups of people who are apt to be called niggers.  These include:

  • Bankers (primarily the TBTF variety, but practically all of them)
  • Government officials at pretty much all levels (particularly the American variety)
  • zionists
  • Racists
  • IRS

Now, if you're still not convinced that nigger is dead, I submit to you four people much more qualified than anyone to discuss nigger.  Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, Dave Chapelle, and Flava Flav:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iau-e6HfOg0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEVmAbxC14g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzFTLKWvfE0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNSwuSQS8a8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9KJOtQclOA

In hindsight, just call me a racist.  It's easier than explaining it to inferior intellects.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:09 | Link to Comment DocLogo
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You need to learn the difference between good attention and bad attention. This isn't the appropriate forum for this discussion. Might I suggest http://www.reddit.com/r/culture

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:12 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Why don't you fuck off, you nigger.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:14 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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If you're going to be explosive and riddle your comments with epithets, then you need to work on your grammar.j

It's..."Why don't you fuck off; you are a nigger"

I would have also accepted..."Why don't you fuck off, nigger"

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:20 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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It's colloaquial.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:24 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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Chumba,

 

Any links left for sodium iodide at this point ? The vitamin shoppe just fucked me in the ass. My order placed on monday is now on back order until june ..... Fuck me ....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:40 | Link to Comment SilverDOG
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Consume kelp, and/or seaweed, sushi or vitamin form. Make some miso soup and add extra seaweed. Nature does supply what you need. Learn it and live it.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:51 | Link to Comment Spalding_Smailes
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I love miso soup .... Thanks for the info -

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:28 | Link to Comment seek
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Out of that list, Kelp is the best, most iodine-dense option.

If you're in the US at this point you have nothing to worry about. Even are current levels, folks in Tokyo don't have much to worry about at this point in time, radiologically speaking.

I'm sure if this changes in the US folks with the right gear will be making the appropriate amount of noise.

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:44 | Link to Comment barkster
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http://www.swansonvitamins.com/LGS001/ItemDetail

 

and order some of these to put the drops in (take quickly before gelcaps dissolve):

 

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWF379/ItemDetail?n=0

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:47 | Link to Comment barkster
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Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:58 | Link to Comment seabiscuit
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You may simply get a prescription for SSKI, which IS available from pharmacies. It is the name for the actual product, which is Super Saturated Potassium Iodide, and a one ounce bottle should be enough to supply your familty.

It retails somewhere around $25 for a bottle. Fuck the price gougers! And fuck all of you small dicked mental midgets, who when the shit has hit the ventilation system, are hung up on a stinkin word! Samoan, please!

Yer friendly farm assist, da biscuit

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 23:19 | Link to Comment MaxPower
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Fi'a poco oe! My Samoan wife would not be offended.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 02:02 | Link to Comment OldPhart
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Go for the Po'Boys cure, tablespoon of Morton's salt...it's iodized!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:04 | Link to Comment Metropolis_Minx
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I have to say that here on ZH, style counts far more than grammar. Throw off the chains.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:23 | Link to Comment lead salad
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LOL.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:11 | Link to Comment Vampyroteuthis ...
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Ugly, rude, dirty. Sad but true.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:23 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Um, farbeit for someone so ugly, rude and dirty as I to bring you back down to reality, but there are much bigger problems to worry about presently than my use of the word nigger.

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:49 | Link to Comment spanish inquisition
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The use of the word niggar is government approved, training wheels and all. How can the US get people to hate Arabs, Japs or Chinks and want to kill them if they can't start you off with hating black people, or ahhh african americans, I know its not negros...wait don't tell me.... 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:01 | Link to Comment zaknick
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This gov is the biggest drug importer into the country (youtube: "mike ruppert" cia drugs playlist) while at the same time it targets civilian minorities for their "drug use" (95% of "drug offenders" in Orwellian speak in prison are blacks n hispanics while drug use and trafficking is about equal throughout all ethnic groups www.leap.cc). In other words ethnic cleansing of the elites' kind and you Edward Bernaysed ZOMBIES are worried about he said, she said?

Stupid motherfuckers deserve every bit of what you got coming.

America's great spiritual reckoning is upon us.

Hey Chumba,

what's up, my nigga!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:10 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Keepin' it real up in the fiel', my nigga!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 21:56 | Link to Comment laughing_swordfish
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Yo Chumba my Brutha Man, Whassup?

You been "Keepin' it Real" fo' all us Niggahz down heah in de tradin' fiel's ya know hat I'm Sayin?

So you likes to use de word "niggah" so what?

Niggah, I be tellin' you dat de Big Shit about to go DOWN big time fo' Whitey an' all his boyz down on Wall Street...an' das gonna be de time we opens up a big can of Whoop-Ass on dem..

Stay Strong bro..Keep it real, my niggah..

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:17 | Link to Comment Jim in MN
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^^^he IS Chumbawumba^^^

BREAKING NEWS: All nigger problems will be addressed by the New Ultra Power Cord of Solving Shit

BIP (Buy In Peace) my friends.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:21 | Link to Comment hamurobby
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I take pride in the fact that I am a nigger, Im a hard working laborer who does not get fair compensation from the "man" holding me down.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:01 | Link to Comment hamurobby
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Listen lady, I have 15 places on my arms that have let blood out in the past week. I am working for 60% of what I made 5 years ago working on cars for a living. Car dealerships raised the labor rate from about 55hr to 95 hr, and pay us the SAME per hour as before. The auto makers have lowered the time allowance to make repairs by approximately 30% due to the increase in labor rate. So guess what, my "skilled" labor is now worth about twice minimum wage. If you dont like what I think my "owners" consider me, too bad. This is fight club, junk and then post up.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:13 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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Only a nigger pays taxes.

I am Chumbawamba.

Thu, 03/17/2011 - 00:26 | Link to Comment hamurobby
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I stopped in 06. Stopped working, sold off the family real estate, and have been living free since. I tried recently to go back to work, to play along with society, (and to sharpen my skill set) but the pay does not equal the work, so to hell with it. I trade in their sick markets and drink by the pool until the end comes.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:53 | Link to Comment velobabe
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iam calling Obama a nigger, for sure.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:49 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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"iam calling Obama a nigger, for sure."

Am not!

Remember, he's half white too.  He sees hostility from both races, and is accepted by neither.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:47 | Link to Comment J.B. Books
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Chum,  you shouldn't use bad words... <Scazm on> LOL..

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:32 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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I like my crawdads red and shit!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:43 | Link to Comment fly
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Nice mouth..do you eat with that thing?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:15 | Link to Comment chumbawamba
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What's it to you, Whitey?

I am Chumbawamba.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:13 | Link to Comment Concentrated po...
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but....the power cord....all is well.....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:13 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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Long Silver and Gold for the weekend

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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Long Glenlivet, American Spirits and Hydroponic for the weekend. flat everything else.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Sativa....I remember those days. 

I can't believe I am going to saythis, but I will be long cash for the next few weeks.  Of course PMs and food. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment curbyourrisk
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LONG VIX.......BIG TIME!!!!

Since 17.....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:35 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Hey Wally can you fetch the Beaver?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:06 | Link to Comment Shell Game
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*shivers from memories of the widow-maker.....VXX*

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:10 | Link to Comment e_goldstein
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tito's and tonic.  but everything else... yeah.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment cossack55
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I just love a holiday.  BTW, good luck with the gold in the safe deposit box deal.  I think I remember how that played out in April 33'.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:49 | Link to Comment Yancey Ward
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Sir,

We have an executive, emergengy order to check your house and yard for illegal monetary metals.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:45 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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I have thought this through.  How would they know if you have "monetary metals" in your possession?  I suppose Apmex, Monex, or any other high-volume dealer that ships a load of PM's to your house would have a record of that - as would FedEx and UPS.

But, what if you bought from a smaller dealer several towns over and paid cash each time.  No names are ever exchanged and you park out of sight of the camera at the front door?  Would they still know?  Maybe they have been salting Maple Leafs and ASE's with some trace radioactive isotopes that emit a specific wavelength?

Other than having a record of your purchases and sales (think 1099's), how do they know the cash buyers stash size.  If they suspect you to have some, you can always offer up a fraction of the total stash too.

Anyway, I don't see this happening.  That would give credence to the fact that these "barbaric relics" actually have monetary value - more than the fiat they can magically print.  It would be an admission of failure of their system.  Also, they would have to disarm a lot of folks itchin' for a fight.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:12 | Link to Comment Abitdodgie
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A day off work , wait I dont work   DOH

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment J.B. Books
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Powerline or No powerline - this tells me things at the nuke plant are going from bad to really bad to Oh, my God it's Bad, to Oh, Shi.....T   let get out of town..

It's the cooling ponds...  those spent rods could burn right down to the water table.   I'm guessing and that's all it is.... Just guessing.

 

J.B. Books

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:33 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Yes, but awful news is best delivered in tea spoons, right?  You wouldn't want anyone to PANIC and actually try to save themselves or their families.  There are some 'sacrificies' that will have to be made, of course.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment J.B. Books
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Truer words were never spoken....  don't panic the moms and dads... they might just want to save their children...

 

Books

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:45 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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From bad to biblical - week in, week out.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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Ok. Im about to state an undeniable fact. Close a major stock market for more than a day or two and you will ensure where there was no panic , there will be panic like you have never seen before. 

If you want asset prices to go down amidst a burning inferno of panic , then by all means close your market.

We are taking the next step. I warn anyone with assets and cash in the system to take a leaf out of Hugh Hendrys book : he who panics first panics best.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment Bill Lumbergh
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When the average person needs access to money the most their assets are frozen...reminds me of Barney Frank and others who wanted to outlaw short selling in the 2008 crisis...the best thing these people can do is go away and leave the markets alone.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment Cursive
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Could cause the mothet of all FX margin calls. Dominoes....

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Cleanclog
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Maybe they're hoping American (and Irish) traders and investors start in on their St. Paddy's drinking sprees early enough that they won't notice.   

What a sham.  Protect the stock markets - screw the people!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment max2205
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Timmmmuah has gone psycotic....

 

(Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday that it was imperative that the United States cut its budget deficits and said he was not concerned about foreign officials' comments about America's willingness to do so.

"It is absolutely imperative that we find a bipartisan solution bring down our deficits dramatically," he said in response to questions from a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee.

 

Geithner also said that comments by foreign officials expressing doubt about the U.S. commitment to lower its deficits did not worry him.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:16 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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Im going to propose ZH follow the banking industry and set up a "good blog / bad blog" . For everything that matters , we goto the good blog. For the pure comedy gold , ie the Tim Geithner quotes , we goto the bad blog.

Honestly , Geithner is about as relevant as my dandruff when it comes to capital markets.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment malikai
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Can you print dandruff by the trillions?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:15 | Link to Comment edwardscpa
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every day, my friend.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:27 | Link to Comment metastar
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Already done.

We have ZeroHedge (good) and MSM (bad)

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:36 | Link to Comment hamurobby
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How about on Tuesday Timmay said that Japan would not make a difference in our markets, today he wasnt sure...unbelievable.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:16 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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That pesky 300-400 point drop, just some light profit-taking -- Nuttin' to do wit Japan! :>D

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:15 | Link to Comment Caviar Emptor
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Japan inc. calling Force Majeure on bullishness. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Debtless
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Look, Home Depot's having a sale on pitchforks and tiki torches...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:16 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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Just shoot people who are trying to sell.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:19 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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With or without a blindfold.

It makes a difference. I promise you.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment ironymonger
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Shootee's choice. But no cigarette. Those will kill you.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:35 | Link to Comment Boilermaker
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Well, there's the 'second hand' smoke forced on the shooter also.  That ain't right, either.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | Link to Comment jtmo3
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Ya, I sure wish I had all my money in stocks. I'd feel sooo much better.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Buy that dip bitchez!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | Link to Comment ml8ml8
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This would roil (read:  selloff) markets worldwide and could easily cause a run on brokerage accounts, and concomitantly, banks.  The risk of that move far exceeds the gains.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:17 | Link to Comment ZackAttack
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Who was the New Year's pundit who called all-in on Japan for 2011?  

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:22 | Link to Comment equity_momo
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Byron Wien? Barton Biggs ? Its got to be one of the older Street schills.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:22 | Link to Comment drink or die
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At least the MSM will have something to blame for the economic "recovery" faltering.

Totally worth it if I don't have to hear the line "as the economy continues to recover..." before every news story on TV anymore.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment sudzee
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Hope everyone has a months worth of needed cash put aside.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Are debt payments to be included in that needed cash or just provisionals as needed.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:31 | Link to Comment HungrySeagull
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Actually no.

What we did do is provide for at least one month's self sufficienty without need for actual cash.

If they come through the front door they are not looking for cash, it's going to be because they are hungry, desperate and willing to risk death to get what they need right this goddamn minute out of that house on the hill.

Those who need cash now will either flood Wentworth or ATM's

The rest just charge it. If the banks quit existing then..*Shrugs

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment stormsailor
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they come through my door looking for death, i'll just let them have it

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:52 | Link to Comment HungrySeagull
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I have the weapons and ammunition necessary to provide for defense. Even some body armor.

But I would hope that our area will at least remember each other and hold on to what is good before allowing panic and desperation to physically set in.

I still have some things to do to the structure of the home itself but fear maybe there may not be time left to get it done.

Heck surviving the defense is not gauranteed. In fact burial arrangements are already done and paid for just in case the bad guy gets lucky with a headshot above my 400 dollar armor.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 20:54 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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"But I would hope that our area will at least remember each other and hold on to what is good before allowing panic and desperation to physically set in."

I know it's a waste of edible meat, but my plan is to gut and skin the first one entering the compound - and hang the dressed carcass on the front gate.  Word would soon get around.  The others?  A big smoker is a bonus my man, a real bonus!  Besides, if they go for your dried meat, they might prove squeamish and rethink the whole plan.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:04 | Link to Comment SoCalTrader
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I don't have any .999 silver in my home, but I have plenty of .40 lead for you anytime you want!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:23 | Link to Comment bugs_
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banco festiva

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment Northeaster
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If I'm reading this right, and please, correct me, all they are planning on doing is to slow the flow of printing money out of nowhere?

Why would our PD's here care? They have been benefitting tremendously from this outrageous endeavor, courtesy of The Federal Reserve and government blessings in general since monetization started?

If they really cared, they would have never started it here. All I see is the scumbags trying to rob more.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment eatthebanksters
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Does anyone think that GS and JPM will have 90 consecutive days of gains on their trading floors?  How do you frontrun this shit?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment GOSPLAN HERO
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I hope Comrade President Obama is enjoying a good round of golf ... or is it a vacation in Rio?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment eatthebanksters
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...in between his March Madness bracket selections and trip to Rio...let's diddle and watch the world burn!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:34 | Link to Comment hambone
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8530.00 USD
Last Trade  -455.00 (-5.06%) Change * 49,621
Volume 4:14:57 PM EST
Trade Time

Am I reading it correctly that Nikkei futures are down 5%+ now???

That does not look like a positive "follow through" day.

Yesterdays close below

  9093.72 JPY
Last Trade  488.57 (+5.68%) Change * 372,050
Volume 3:28:00 PM JST
Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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It's times like this that I'm glad I got out of my long positions last year and put my gambling money into a bear fund. Yeah, I missed out on a bunch of capital gains, and my bear fund was down 20% as of last week, but when the inevitable market reversal occurs, that 20% down will be mopped up in no time and will soon be in the black.

Capital preservation has been my strategy, and while it's been brutal watching the market continue to climb on the back of Bernanke's magic act, I still believe it can't levitate forever. It looks like maybe the reversal has started. I said that last April, though, so what do I know?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:28 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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I can tell what's on my mind.  I first read that as BEER fund.  What a great idea I thought.  Who needs capital preservation when drunk preservation is key. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:38 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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I hear ya, Doc. If I was still a drinking man, I'm sure I'd be heavily invested in firewater. I had to get off the booze 8 years ago, the shit damn near killed me. Good news on that is I now use the beer fund for my bear fund, and don't wake up with a headache, except for the one I get pounding my head on the wall as I watch Hopey the Clown and Bernanke drive us toward the cliff.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:47 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Hopey the Clown

LOL. That fucking stuck.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:26 | Link to Comment samsara
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Gold and Silver are for Optimists.

I'm diversifying into can goods and lead.

 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:50 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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I've been called a lot of things, but "optimist" was not among the selection.

That really chaps my butt.   I hate being mainstream.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:07 | Link to Comment CitizenPete
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Optimist Geauga. 

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:27 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Will the peasants around the world see this ripple in the matrix?  Hopefully not, just the same, I am glad that I have been hedging for this since the mid-90's.

"pitchforks and tiki-torches"   Bahahahahaha!

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:25 | Link to Comment Gordon Freeman
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Believe me, they do not want that fucker open for, uh, selling, right about 20:00 EST...

Just a few more hours until we get the punchline to this sick joke of a market...

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 21:29 | Link to Comment Iam_Silverman
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Hey Gordon, have you seen Barney?  He wanted you to meet him at the old train station - something about escorting some civilians to the evacuation train. (HL2ep1).

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:26 | Link to Comment DavidC
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It's quite possible we'll see a bounce from here.

If Japan gets the fuel rods cooled, the market panic of the last few days will abate. We're also coming to end of the first quarter - banks will want to make their quarterly figures look OK.

Please note - I'm not making any personal comment here about the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, I'm well aware of the sad nature of them - I'm merely stating what I think the banks will do. Let's not forget they are absolutely in survival mode.

DavidC

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:51 | Link to Comment ml8ml8
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+1  You'd hope that with the best minds and all the stops pulled out on this thing (now that Japan has sucked it up, taken the loss of face, and asked for help), they could get some water where it f'ing needs to be. 

However, if the TSE is closed, then all bets are off.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:56 | Link to Comment RockyRacoon
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It's quite possible we'll see a bounce from here.

Yeah, the eternal optimist.  On the other hand, everything could go to shit, but one does need a fall-back position in order to always be right.   Right?

Is it just me, or have you just stated a stark ravingly obvious market scenario?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 18:46 | Link to Comment DavidC
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You obviously haven't read any of my posts.

I am regarded (incorrectly) by my friends as being the perma-bear. I'm not, but I think the Dow will reach 3,500 to 4,000 before this is done as a result of the credit unwind. However, neither am I naive enough to think that it will go down in a straight line.

There has been a large amount of panic over what's been happening with the reactors - at the moment, we really do NOT know what is going to happen with the repair work. And Karl Denninger has posted a very good balanced piece about it;

http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=182415

DavidC

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:26 | Link to Comment Gen X Gen Y Hybrid
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why would other markets close just because of Japan's?

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:27 | Link to Comment skeptik
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It seems now that the current run on Canadian Silver Maples has the bullion brokers in trouble now.  I received this after a delay in receipt of a recent portfolio delivery order from Bullion Direct:

 

Dear Customer,

Your ticket code is xxxxxxx. Please use this code in any further communication.

It has come to our attention that your recent order included Silver Canadian Maples.  Unfortunately,  we are experience a significant delay in the product being delivered from our long-term storage facility,  to our distribution center.  We are prepared to offer you Silver American Eagles,  as an equivalent substitution.  We realize that this is not exactly what you have order and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We are only hoping to fulfill your order in a prompt and satisfying way for you.  Please let us know if this substitution is acceptable to you and we will get your order out immediately.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Should you require further assistance or information, please reply to this message.

Sincerely,

Bullion Direct Support

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:46 | Link to Comment steveo
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CAll Monex they have plenty of electronic silver to sell, and only cost you $400 to place the bet, PLUS fees!!!!!

They are calling me 2 times  week, jokers

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 17:05 | Link to Comment Slartebartfast
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"Long term storage facility", my ass.  They don't have the metal.  They pulled the same shit on me a few months back when I ordered some 10oz bars.  Took six weeks to get Paco to drive over to the, "long term storage facility", and get them.

I did eventually get them though.  I guess that's the point.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 19:52 | Link to Comment Uncle Remus
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Paco be leveraging that shit whilst you wait.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:29 | Link to Comment Gully Foyle
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We all know the real reason for todays holiday.

Mar 16

St. Urho's Day, Patron saint of Finnish vineyard workers. Attributed to him is the miracle of banishing grasshoppers from Finland which he accomplished with a few choice Finnish phrases, thereby saving the season's grape crop. But in reality a bunch of very drunk people made this up in 1956.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Yancey Ward
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Explains the bug in my Nokia phone.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment cswjr
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Sounds like a new Intrade market to me: "Will the TSE be halted for one or more trading days in the next week?"

Got two built in side bets, too:

1) Over-under on the number of days the TSE is closed.

2) Expected gain on -1 /NKD contract (valued at last mark prior to closure) upon market reopening.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:30 | Link to Comment rlouis
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Still a long way back to Jackson Hole - in S&P points.

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 16:32 | Link to Comment hambone
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Amazing how fast they can roll off once that boulder starts gathering speed...Nikkei futures down over 5% now.

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