Monday, December 22, 2008


As this Year of Our Discontent slowly grinds into the (less-than) festive season, a collection of unintended consequences that have occurred in the last 12 months.
  • From regulatory hands-off to Madoff (dedicated to the SEC).
  • From a home to call your own to Home Alone (dedicated to the sub-prime market).
  • From a bull in China to a bull in a china shop (dedicated to believers in perpetual motion).
  • From full of ships to a ship of fools (dedicated to the shipping bubble).
  • From copper to cropper (dedicated to the commodity bubble).
  • From dear oil to oil, oh dear! (dedicated to Peak Oil - in capitals - and Goldman's analyst who called for $200/bbl).
  • From laissez-faire to less-is-fair (dedicated to salary cuts, forced vacations and the job market in general).
  • From Friedman to Friedman (dedicated to Milton and Thomas, respectively).
  • From BRIC to bric-a-brac (dedicated to developing economies).
  • From the yen carry trade to the carry-out counter (dedicated to spread indigestion).
  • From correlation trades to poor relations (dedicated to money for nothing).
  • From Credit Default Swaps to Schweppes Club Soda (dedicated to indigestible free lunches).
Merry Christmas to one and all and may the New Year bring whatever you wish (so take care what you wish for).

Yours truly is going to abstain from posting for a few days, concentrating instead on friends, family, food and drink - not necessarily in that order. Toodles..


  1. And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too. (And that applies to everyone who reads/posts here.)

  2. You too Okie Lawyer, enjoy your posts.

    Thank you Hel for a year of great writing. Yours are the posts we look forward to the most.

  3. Best wishes for the season - to all.

    Brian P

  4. God bless us, everyone

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone here.


  6. Hellarious, Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & a Bright and Happy New Year, Ya hear!! :0)

    Great post today!!


  7. Merry Christmas everyone.

    And a particular thanks to Hell for hosting a wonderful Saloon

  8. Christmas greetings and Christmas blessings to all on this most insighful forum.

  9. Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig 2009.


  10. Merry Christmas to you Hell, and everyone who post their comments. Sometimes I feel like I'm reading a Ron Sterling book, but it''s real life...God Bless.

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  12. Merry belated Christamas to everyone on this site.
    Thank you, Hell, for your insights.
    I rarely understand very much, but you are patient with my philosophical bent.
    Cheers to all.

  13. From: Hell-as-IOUS, to: Hell, IOU (I really do "owe you" thanks for all of your insight.)

    All the best this holiday season, Rich Hartmann (A.K.A. Miss America - from the RGE)

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  15. A Happy New Year 2009 to you Hells !! And thanks once again for the terrific insight you provide !!

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