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The Investment Office system of knowledge organization, by which resources are arranged and ordered systematically, using an experimental, multi-dimensional, approach to the domain.

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Beyond Finance Non-Linear Views on Financial Markets and the Economy
Quotes on the fly Quotes and Excerpts on Capital Markets and the Economy
The Coffee Chronicles Quotes from Everywhere and Nowhere, on Contradictions, Existence and Nothingness
The Chart Room As in “a picture is worth a thousand words”, “un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours”, "百闻不如一见"

Flies of Paradise

Ronald G. Weber
Smashwords, July 2021

Compulsory vaccination: déjà vu pattern from the 19th century

Suzanne Humphries MD, Roman Bystrianyk
Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History, July 2013

Season's Greetings

Investment Office, December 2021
''The war on misinformation seeks false consensus.''
Bret Swanson
Maximum Entropy, February 4, 2022
''Non, vous n’êtes pas les hommes de la pratique, vous êtes des hommes d’abstraction… et d’extorsion.''
Frédéric Bastiat
Sophismes économiques, XIII. Théorie, Pratique, 1848
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."
Thomas Sowell
"In a million years I am trying to picture an inverted yield curve and a rate hike."
Danielle DiMartino Booth
Danielle DiMartino Booth of Quill Intelligence at the 2021 New Orleans Investment Conference, 11 November 2021

“The Prussian Monarchy is not a country that has an army, but an army that has a country”

Quotation often attributed to Count Mirabeau
Late 18th Century

"Peace, the charm's wound up."

Uttering of the three witches, at the end of Orson Welles' 1948 movie Macbeth, adapted from The Tragedie of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare.
Orson Welles, 1948; William Shakespeare, early 17th Century

"It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they’ve been fooled."

Quote often attributed to Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910),
also known as Mark Twain, an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

Compulsory vaccination: déjà vu pattern from the 19th century

Excerpt

Suzanne Humphries MD, Roman Bystrianyk
Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History, July 2013

''Non, vous n’êtes pas les hommes de la pratique, vous êtes des hommes d’abstraction… et d’extorsion.''

Quote addressed to "Messieurs les Monopoleurs".

Frédéric Bastiat
Sophismes économiques, XIII. Théorie, Pratique, 1848

''Did he read letters? No, he read no letters. Did he write letters? No, he wrote no letters.''

Mrs. Steffeck, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht's secretary, describing Schacht's work as Germany's newly appointed Currency Commissioner, in November of 1923, at the depth of hyperinflation.

Adam Fergusson
When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany. PublicAffairs, 2010

Average Company Lifespan on S&P 500 Index

S&P 500 lifespans continue to shrink

Scott D. Anthony, S. Patrick Viguerie, Evan I. Schwartz, and John Van Landeghem
Innosight, 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast: Creative Destruction is Accelerating, February 2018

The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis

A comprehensive analysis of European craft guilds through eight centuries of economic history

Sheilagh Ogilvie
Princeton University Press, February 12, 2019

Price of a single ticket to Disney World

Actual ticket price vs. 1971 ticket price adjusted for inflation

Giles Parkinson, Portfolio Manager
Aviva Investors, Pricing power is the magic ingredient for equity investors, 27 November 2020

“Ignorance, there is no authority in the world like it.”

Excerpt

Orson Welles
Orson Welles Talks About Making “Citizen Kane”, The Dick Cavett Show, May 14, 1970