Marcus Today and Life: The Flying Ferret

THE FLYING FERRET I used to own a greyhound. Well, a bunch of us did actually. It was a yuppie post-university indulgence organized by one of the West End wide boys I worked with in my early stockbroking days. He had picked out an Ad in the Greyhound Star for a ‘Sales Trial’ at the…

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Stock Market Secrets: Don’t Let the Old Man in

ASK YOURSELF HOW OLD YOU’D BE…IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW THE DAY YOU WERE BORN The Mule is a recent film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is now 88 and plays the lead role as a grumpy old man who goes out kicking. It leaves you wondering whether the film doesn’t reflect a lot…

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Stock Market Secrets: Ithaca

I wrote this article a few years ago and I reproduce it for my 50th Birthday.    Ithaca is the island in Greece that Odysseus had so much trouble returning to in Homer’s Odyssey. On his way he survives run ins with the Cicones, Polyphemus (Cyclops to you), Circe, the Sirens, Scylla, the winds of…

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Stock Market Secrets: Forex Trading

YOU TOO CAN BE A FOREX TRADER So the $A goes through parity, in the other direction this time, and again every Tom Dick and Harry is suddenly a currency expert. The same thing happened when it first rose through parity in October 2010. It's as if the Aussie dollar hitting the big figure miraculously…

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Stock Market Secrets: Hail Caesar

Anyone who’s been to Las Vegas will know what I mean when I say it’s a place that everyone has to visit but no one wants to stay. I tried to get married again. Elvis was prepared to pick us up from out hotel in a stretch limo, take us to the chapel, be our…

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Stock Market Secrets: Orangutans

The concept for this article has been unashamedly stolen from Warren Buffet although it has been given an an Australian flavour. He expounded the US version in a speech in 1984 commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the book Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd, the bible of value investing. He called his speech…

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