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You Are About To Become Obsolete

1290389?profile=RESIZE_320x320We've spoken of this from time-to-time in Chat and I never leave feeling very reassured for my children's children. 

Remember the milkman?  The corner newspaper paperboy?  The assembly line workers at Detroit automotive plants?  How about the shrinking postal service and empty ghost plants that were once steel mills?   Then there are travel agents and printing press operators; both almost eliminated at this juncture.

As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.  According to some, the displacement of labour by machines and computer intelligence will increase dramatically over the next few decades. Such changes will be so drastic and quick that the market will not be able to abide in creating new opportunities for workers who have lost their jobs, making unemployment not just part of a cycle, but structural in nature and chronically irreversible. I

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Stocktwits Concede: "It's Time To Lay Low"

Even the most bullish of bulls have finally seen the light.  From this weeks Stocktwits post.


A banking (currency) system is an act of faith: it survives only for as long as people believe it will” – Michael Lewis, Boomerang, 2011


Only 15 days ago, there were so many charts that looked ready to break out and participate in a year-end market rally. Fast forward two weeks of political inaction in the face of rising European sovereign debt yields and equity markets across the world look like Niagara Falls. A typical story of 2011 – the obvious rarely happens, the unexpected constantly occurs. Constant false breakouts and breakdowns that 2011 brought has gradually conditioned market participants to shrink their investing horizons. For better or for worse, we have all become traders.

There is an apparent crisis of confidence in capital markets. No one wants to own European bonds, which makes the cost of borrowing unattainable for countries like Italy and Spain. The lack of trust often le

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