Thursday, 22 January 2015

No finance! Oh, cut me some slack! Last post of the week, man!

Yeah! Come on! Music is the way! Let's turn this into a music blog. 'Your readers won't like it, Mikey.' How do you know, Voice? My readers could be anyone. For all we know, Phil Spector could be reading this post in his prison cell. Christ! Why on earth is this guy in prison?! 'He shot a woman, boss.' Well ... fair enough. It's easy to forget sometimes. / It's a crazy world we're living in, son. Honestly. Phil in prison. Charlie in prison. But all kinds of loathsome politicians free as birds. I just can't understand it.

Dear reader(s), I'm listening to Spanish Harlem. Just Phil with an acoustic guitar. Superb! Check it out.

Er ... / My music? I've been thinking I might have to record my songs in a proper recording studio. It won't be too expensive, and I'll have an engineer and a good microphone and a sound-proofed room and all the rest of it. It could be potentially embarrassing though if I don't have my shit together musically. In the old days, I hired professional musicians (one of them has been playing with Damon Albarn recently). But I can't afford that now. I want to do it myself, anyway. Just play the guitar and sing, you know? Like Phil. Simple! I'll need a new acoustic, an electro-acoustic. More money ... / Or I could go to a rehearsal studio, like I said before. I don't know, man. I'm going to continue with the laptop and USB microphone for a while longer. Watch this space! Or that space, over there. (The space with all the finance stuff in it. If you really need it ...) / On a more positive note, I recorded a version of My Heart tonight which is ... very, very close to what I want. Hundreds and hundreds of versions, but who cares? This is like my Hamburg period. 'Is it?!' Watch this space, Voice!

[No. 286] Fund management is full of lovely men and women

Ain't that the truth!

And fund managers get a bad press[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[1], and fund managers get a bad press[2], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[2], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[1], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[1], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[2], and we are all God's monsters[1], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[1], and we are all God's monsters[2], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[2], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[1], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![2], and I'm screaming inside![1], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[2], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![1], and I'm screaming inside![2], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[1], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![2], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![1], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[2], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[1], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![2], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[1], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[2], and fund managers get a bad press[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[2], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[3], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[3], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[3], and we are all God's monsters[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[3], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![3], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[3], and I'm screaming inside![3], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![3], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[3], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![3], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[3], and

And fund managers get a bad press[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[1], and fund managers get a bad press[2], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[2], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[1], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[1], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[2], and we are all God's monsters[1], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[1], and we are all God's monsters[2], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[2], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[1], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![2], and I'm screaming inside![1], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[2], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![1], and I'm screaming inside![2], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[1], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![2], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![1], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[2], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[1], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![2], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[1], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[2], and fund managers get a bad press[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[2], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[3], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[3], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[3], and we are all God's monsters[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[3], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![3], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[3], and I'm screaming inside![3], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![3], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[3], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![3], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[3], and

And fund managers get a bad press[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[1], and fund managers get a bad press[2], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[1], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[2], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[1], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[2], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[1], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[2], and we are all God's monsters[1], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[2], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[1], and we are all God's monsters[2], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![1], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[2], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[1], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![2], and I'm screaming inside![1], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[2], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![1], and I'm screaming inside![2], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[1], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![2], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![1], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[2], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[1], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![2], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[1], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[2], and fund managers get a bad press[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[2], and the problem is ... a lot of these poor souls have never been truly DIZZY[3], and I am here to tell everyone: There is nothing to fear / All you gotta do is get a-ROUND, my friend(s)[3], and ... / What's the worst that can happen?[3], and when you've been as far out  ... in the cosmos, as I have, you start to feel, really feel, that love is everywhere and EVERYTHING is lovely[3], and we are all God's monsters[3], and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, come on! ... just like Jim Morrison in Miami after the stage collapsed[3], and all I can say is ... I can't even think![3], and this ... is the answer, the only answer, to any bullshit questions YOU(!) may have for me[3], and I'm screaming inside![3], and I want every fund manager right here ... not thinking, just feeling, feeling it, please![3], and ... / Baby, light my funeral pyre[3], and you're all a ... I see the old shaman![3], and one day naked no one will know who is rich or poor or dead or alive but so lovely together[3], and this ... is the end? NO! The beginning ...[3], and

Trevor Greetham is a lovely man

Oh, don't take my word for it, dear reader(s). Look at the comment at the end of this article. (I'm sure Nathan Fryer is a lovely man as well. I've seen his photo on LinkedIn. He certainly looks lovely, if you know what I mean. 'Not really, boss.') / I find it refreshing, myself. It's nice to know that lovely men are still in the fund management game. 'He's left though, Mikey.' What? 'Trevor Greetham has left Fidelity to pursue other interests.' Oh yeah. Right. How many times have I written about fund managers leaving a firm to pursue other interests, eh? In the past, in my naivety, I always imagined they were going into the desert to devote themselves to the mystical life. However, a few months later they would always turn up at another firm managing yet another fund. 'Yeah. It's sad, Mikey.' Well, maybe. It's just the way they are, I suppose. I've tried to help them, Voice. You know I have, but ... 'Some people are beyond help.' / What would Jesus do?

Man, I don't know what he would do. Probably nothing. Me, I'm going to write another conceptual, No. 286. Fund management is full of lovely men and women. 'We shouldn't forget the women.' No. Birds like our lovely Louise. (She really is lovely.)

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I'm listening to Purple Rain. / Lunch? Cheese and pickle sandwich, McCoy's salt and vinegar crisps, peach yoghurt, and a can of Coke. I'm looking forward to it. Not long to go.

Anything else? I can't understand why my angel keeps going to that stupid Davos nonsense. The place is full of scumbags, and she's there! Why?! 'Your Gilly don't know no better, Mikey. Someone needs to have a word with her.' Oh, live and let live. What do I care? I've got different fish to fry.

I love the blistering guitar solo at the end of Let's Go Crazy.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

[No. 285] I'm getting DIZZY ... while my guitar gently weeps!

What else is there for me to do? And it's actually Eric's guitar.

And ... that solo![1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[1], and ... that solo![2], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[2], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[1], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[2], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[1], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[2], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[1], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[2], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![1], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[2], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[1], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![2], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[1], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[2], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[1], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[2], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![1], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[2], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[1], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![2], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[1], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[2], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[1], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[2], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![1], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[2], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![1], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![2], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[1], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![2], and ... that solo![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[2], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[3], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[3], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[3], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[3], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[3], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![3], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[3], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[3], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[3], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![3], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[3], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[3], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[3], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![3], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[3], and

And ... that solo![1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[1], and ... that solo![2], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[2], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[1], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[2], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[1], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[2], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[1], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[2], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![1], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[2], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[1], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![2], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[1], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[2], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[1], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[2], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![1], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[2], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[1], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![2], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[1], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[2], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[1], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[2], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![1], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[2], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![1], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![2], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[1], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![2], and ... that solo![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[2], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[3], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[3], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[3], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[3], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[3], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![3], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[3], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[3], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[3], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![3], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[3], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[3], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[3], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![3], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[3], and

And ... that solo![1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[1], and ... that solo![2], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[1], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[2], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[1], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[2], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[1], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[2], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[1], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[2], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![1], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[2], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[1], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![2], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[1], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[2], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[1], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[2], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![1], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[2], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[1], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![2], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[1], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[2], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[1], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[2], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![1], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[2], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![1], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![2], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[1], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![2], and ... that solo![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[2], and one more trillion spins for the road ...[3], and it's a horrible day, man / the sky is so grey ... / and it's so cold ...[3], and I hope Sting was right about that invisible sun of his[3], and my head is NOWHERE good / hell is on earth / and Eric's guitar is weeping ...[3], and ... / Yes, on the media player ...[3], and, er ... is the world turning a-ROUND? You bet it is!!![3], and are YOU(!) perverted? / and why don't you get ... converted?[3], and on and on and on! / the fun never stops, but there is work to do / and where is my broom?[3], and the floor has got bits of fluff all over it / but I haven't got the energy ...[3], and a-ROUND, and ... a-ROUND, a-ROUND, on ... / I look at you all![3], and I've said it before, I think, and I'll say it again, I'll say it all again ... many times, so many times[3], and a-ROUND here  ... you can live in a dream / Better than the nightmare the politicians are offering you[3], and I'm dreaming ... like a rich man / 'Boss, you're a rich man!' / Not yet, Voice[3], and I've unfolded my love / Thanks, George![3], and my soul needs to be SOMEWHERE nice - right now![3], and this ... is somewhere nice? Well ...[3], and

William De Winton has had enough of Lansdowne Partners' Global Financials fund

Good luck to you, Willy, mate! Let some other mug manage that Global Financials nonsense. You're better off out of it. / Our Willy isn't leaving Lansdowne though, dear reader(s). No, he's staying. I'm sure they'll find him something to do. Or maybe he's planning to take it easy now. / Willy, mate, take it easy, yeah? You've done enough work for one lifetime. Have you got any hobbies? Can you play the guitar? You see, I'm trying to record a demo of my songs, but ... never mind. You don't want to hear about my problems.

Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Lansdowne ... Have I written about this hedge fund before? I lose track. There are so many financial firms, and so little time. / Er ... Founded in 1998, Lansdowne manages assets for a diversified client base that includes some of the world's largest and most sophisticated investors. Wow! Sophisticated investors, eh? That's what I like to see. I mean, those unsophisticated investors are a real pain in the arse. Frankly, I hate their guts.

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Oh ... I'm depressed, man. Big time. / The more the Tories say the economy is booming and employment is up, the worse I feel because ... I know it's all bullshit. If someone disappears from the JSA register, it doesn't mean they've got a job, it just means they've disappeared. And then there's the national debt, dear reader(s). No chance of paying that off, ever. What are we going to do? And the rich will be in trouble eventually. If you're rich, the poor will come looking for you sooner or later. Even if you pay your bodyguards well, the bodyguards may have relatives or friends who are under the arches, you know? And they might get bitter about it. The whole thing is a mess, the whole world. It's really depressing.

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Music! We need some music to cheer us up. Let me have a look at my media player. 'Leonard Cohen again, Mikey?' Be serious, Voice. Some girls wander by mistake into the mess that scalpels make - ? No thanks. Not this early in the morning.

AC/DC ... Back in Black.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Jean-Louis Scandella is a rather strange man

It's bad enough that Jean-Louis Scandella thinks he works for Barings Bank ... but, but, but NOW(!) he's telling anyone who will listen that Barings has expanded his role within the bank! According to him, he's the head of equities and ... he reckons, soon, he's going to be getting involved with the bank's global emerging markets portfolios. It's just unbelievable! I'm almost lost for words. / Jean, son, if you're reading this post: there is no Barings Bank, okay?! Nick Leeson saw to that way back in 1995. Don't you read the papers? Don't you watch the news? Why are you wasting your life like this?

And Ken Lambden is sticking his oar in, praising Jean to the skies: "I am pleased that Jean-Louis has taken ownership of ... blah, blah, blah." Something along those lines. I don't know if Ken is as deluded as Jean is, or if he's involved in some kind of con, a long firm maybe, with Jean as the mark. (Actually, one of the marks. We all know there are others.)  I mean, these grifters are very clever.

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Enough already!

Why am I writing tonight, dear reader(s)? There's no mystery. I want tomorrow off, that's all. Don't get upset. I'll be back on Wednesday with the usual nonsense.

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Politics? How many months to the general election, man? I'm starting to feel oppressed. Do you know what I mean? (I doubt you do. I can't imagine you live the way I live.) The sad thing is, it's unlikely that the election will change anything. Politicians don't have any power these days. If they behave themselves and do what they're told they get treated well by their masters. (Look at Tony Blair!) But they don't have any power. / My only consolation is that God is ... a-ROUND. Let's leave it at that.

Music? I watched Top Gun on TV the other night, for my sins. There's a scene with the song You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. (Listening to it now!) It occurred to me that a classic mainstream song like that is worth twenty Velvet Underground "classics" or Joy Division "classics". There's something special about such songs. They capture an age, or the feeling of an age, you dig? When a Man Loves a Woman, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother ... you get the idea, I hope.

Antonio Batista, Jason Marino, Marco Minoli, and Filipe Bergana have all left Och-Ziff Capital

In the last week! The London office of the hedge fund. They just walked out the door - to freedom! 'Freedom, Mikey? I'm sure they've got new jobs somewhere else.' Why do you think that, Voice? 'Men like Antonio, Jason, Marco, and Filipe don't just decide - out of the bloody blue - to walk out the door to freedom. These guys love money the way you love playing the guitar.' Hang on - 'And I remember the days when you loved money too.' I still love money, man. However, some things are more important. Love and happiness, sunshine and lazy days in the park. 'What?!' Listen. I think changes are happening deep inside our ex-Och-Ziff friends, yeah? They've become dissatisfied lately, restless. Maybe they'll wander the earth now ... like, er, that Kung Fu guy and the Abominable Hulk. 'Where are you getting this stuff from, boss? Have you seen their LinkedIn profiles?!' Yes. 'Well, there's no indication in the profiles that these characters are anything other than bog-standard finance souls.' No, no, no! I'm looking at Marco Minoli's picture. (Marco was an equity investment analyst at Och-Ziff.) There may be a blankness in his face, but there's something in his eyes. Not exactly a fire, but ... he wants something, he needs something. Do you understand? 'No, I don't understand. You're looking for hidden depths where there are no hidden depths.' You're wrong, Voice.

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The Voice is so wrong. I've got to trust my instincts. I hope Antonio, Jason, Marco, and Filipe find what they're looking for. / Guys, you can call me if you like. I'm here for you. 'Have they got your number?' If they look inside, they'll find my number. 'Christ.' No, Fowke.

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Anything else? No, not much. Oh, I'm not going to the pub any more. Just one pint can give me a migraine that knocks me out for the rest of the day. I can't be doing with it.

Music? I haven't got anything on yet. Maybe Cohen again in a little while. / Man, I've put some new strings on my guitar. Yeah, I love the sound of fresh strings in the morning. They sound of ... victory! One day, I'll finish my demo.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

What's all this Swiss National Bank nonsense?

First I've heard of it! Just now. The bank had a peg, right? 'Oh yeah?' Which it has now got rid of. And as a result, it's 37 per cent against the euro ... or something. 'The peg?!' Pig? 'The peg.' Er ... well, the Swiss thing, you know? Yeah, the money. 'Okay.' / Oh, I don't know what's going on! I ain't even interested to tell you the truth. This is the last post of the week, Voice. Nothing matters when you get to the last post of the week.

I mean, it could be Swiss cheese, Swiss Toni. I'm just so relieved to be at the end of the week, with my last post, and - 'Some people work Fridays, boss.' Ha! Tell that to the Aviva Investors mob. Tell that to the Cantab guys with their Lego. For fuck's sake! We'll work Fridays when hell freezes over. We weren't born for slavery. 'No.' I'll be down by the river tomorrow, son. Free as a bird! A couple of pints, a bag of crisps, and a lovely view. That's all I need.

Well, well ... later(s), dear reader(s).

[No. 284] Moni Sternbach: sha/man or normal man?

These are confusing times.

And GLG! / So ...[1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[1], and GLG! / So ...[2], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[2], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[1], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![2], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[1], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[2], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[1], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[2], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[1], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[2], and SQUARES want a taste[1], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[2], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[1], and SQUARES want a taste[2], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![1], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[2], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[1], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![2], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[1], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[2], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[1], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[2], and we ...[1], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[2], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[1], and we ...[2], and GLG! / So ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[2], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[3], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![3], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[3], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[3], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[3], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[3], and SQUARES want a taste[3], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[3], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![3], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[3], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[3], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[3], and we ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[3], and

And GLG! / So ...[1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[1], and GLG! / So ...[2], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[2], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[1], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![2], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[1], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[2], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[1], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[2], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[1], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[2], and SQUARES want a taste[1], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[2], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[1], and SQUARES want a taste[2], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![1], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[2], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[1], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![2], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[1], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[2], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[1], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[2], and we ...[1], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[2], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[1], and we ...[2], and GLG! / So ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[2], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[3], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![3], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[3], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[3], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[3], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[3], and SQUARES want a taste[3], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[3], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![3], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[3], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[3], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[3], and we ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[3], and

And GLG! / So ...[1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[1], and GLG! / So ...[2], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![1], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[2], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[1], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![2], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[1], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[2], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[1], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[2], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[1], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[2], and SQUARES want a taste[1], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[2], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[1], and SQUARES want a taste[2], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![1], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[2], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[1], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![2], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[1], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[2], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[1], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[2], and we ...[1], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[2], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[1], and we ...[2], and GLG! / So ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[2], and since I shut down the desert, astral and physical ... oh, things aren't what they used to be[3], and Moni, Moni, Moni - three times![3], and ... / here he is! / yes, a-ROUND, and a-ROUND, and a-ROUND / as DIZZY as the best of them[3], and the rest of them ... DIZZY a long time[3], and is Moni sha/man or normal? ... cold earth wanderer, mind on money without the blood and fire, the passion[3], and some of them possess the usual language of funds, while at the same time having a SECRET LIFE inside ...[3], and SQUARES want a taste[3], and I still can't get enough, man! / I was born for the thrill of it all / So glad I invented it[3], and long / short - does it matter? PLEASE![3], and I think you'll agree, YOU(!) this ... is better than taking a bubble bath with your pants on[3], and I'll never change / you can't take the sha out of the man[3], and if Moni was normal before, he's different now ... one of us, spinning beyond the sad dreams of the slaves[3], and we ...[3], and we want to keep these moments, yeah?[3], and

Man Group has hired Moni Sternbach!

And the good news? The real good news? Moni is working with all the cool shaman guys at GLG, not all the robot squares at the main Man Group part of the hedge fund, if you know what I mean. Is Moni a financial shaman himself? I don't know. Probably not. I don't remember seeing him in the desert in the old days. 'He used to be at Cheyne Capital, boss.' Cheyne? Really? Well, well ... there are a lot of shamans at Cheyne, what with all the vibrating in a lonely cosmos and that. / So you never know, dear reader(s).

Oh, this is Moni speaking of his funds at Cheyne: The funds were run with low directionality and generated strong absolute returns with low volatility, low correlation and minimal drawdowns. That's the sort of guy he is. Er ... 'Maybe he's not a shaman, Mikey.' Voice, I'll take him for a spin after lunch, No. 284. Then we'll know.

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Music? My music? Well, I might have a solution ... / The problem with My Heart and You're Lying is, they're ballads, and I'm no Tony Bennett, man. Do you know what I mean? Gordon Bennett maybe. But certainly no Tony Bennett. Pop songs are easier to play and sing. The song I wrote and recorded three years ago is a pop song (its title is a closely-guarded secret) and only took twenty takes. I've tried recording the other two songs hundreds of times. Perhaps I should dump them (for now) and record two more pop songs. Gilly, Gilly is good enough for third place on a demo. So, I need one more song. / The only thing I don't like about this "solution" is, my ballads are GREAT SONGS, you dig? Songs that no one else in the world at the moment can write. So I don't want to dump them, really. I don't know what to do. / The only other option is the nuclear option of playing and rehearsing every spare moment. But I'm not a kid. Have I got the energy for that? 'Prince is older than you, Mikey. He still works around the clock.' Yeah, but he hasn't got a blog to write, has he?

Music? Other people's music? I'm listening to Cohen's Songs From A Room. / Voice, who wrote the line: I took another bubble bath with my pants on - ? 'Christ! Not Cohen, surely?' Prince. 'Obviously, yeah.' Cohen!