• Books


    • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047

    • The Best Offer - Director/Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore and Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland

    • Youth - Director/Writer: Paolo Sorrentino and Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weis

    • The House of Morgan - Ron Chernow

    • Trumbo - (Film) with Brian Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman

    • The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion Mellon - David Cannadine

    • The Dog Bone Portfolio ~ A Personal Odyssey into the First Kondratieff Winter of the Twenty-First Century by Margret Kopala with John Budden

    • Woman In Gold - (Film) with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynold

    • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nassau

    • The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester

    • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

    • Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by William L. Riordon

    • The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

    • Where Are the Customers' Yachts: or A Good Hard
      Look at Wall Street by Fred Schwed

    • Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

    • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

    • Deemer on Technical Analysis
      by Walter Deemer and Susan Cragin

    • The Fear Index by Robert Harris

    • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacs     

    • Bull By The Horns by Sheila Bair

    • Corporate Catalyst by Tony Griffiths

    • Currency Wars by James Rickards

    • Memoirs by Lord William Rees-Mogg

    • The Great Reckoning by Lord William Rees-Mogg and James Davidson

    • Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin

    • The Great Reflation  by J. Anthony Boeckh

    • Wealth, War and Wisdom by Barton Biggs

    • Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed

    • The Great Crash by John Kenneth Galbraith

    • Boomerang by Michael Lewis

    • The Big Short by Michael Lewis

    • Dean LeBaron's Treasury of Investment Wisdom:

    • 30 Great Investing Minds by Dean LeBaron and Romesh Vaitillingam

    • Mao, Marx & the Market by Dean LeBaron

    • The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin

    • The Warren Buffet Way by Robert Hagstrom

    • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

    • Memoir From Antproof Case by Mark Helprin

    • Fool's Gold: The Inside Story of J.P. Morgan and How Wall St. Greed Corrupted Its Bold Dream and Created a Financial Catastrophe by Gillian Tett

    • Gold - The Race For The World's Most Seductive Metal by Matthew Hart
  • Quotes

  • How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

    — Ernest Hemingway

    Books… are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.

    — Dorothy L.Sayers (The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, 1928)

    Paper money eventually goes down to its intrinsic value zero.

    — Voltaire (1729)

    There are three kinds of liars: liars, damned liars, and statisticians

    — Mark Twain

    Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much

    — Goethe

    I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts

    — Orson Welles

    Gold has worked down from Alexander’s time … When something holds good for two thousand years I do not believe it can be so because of prejudice or mistaken theory

    — Bernard Baruch

    The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman

    — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic, and philosopher (1772-1834)

    The longer I operated on Wall Street the more distrustful I became of tips and inside information of every kind. Given time, I believe that inside information can break the Bank of England

    — Bernard Baruch

    Experts are people who know tomorrow why yesterday’s prediction didn’t turn out today

    — Bill Jiler

    How could I have been so far off base? All my life I’ve known better than to depend on the experts

    — John F. Kennedy (After the Bay of Pigs)

    Crowds are influenced mainly by images produced by the judicious employment of words and formulas

    — Gustave Le Bon

    You have a choice of trusting the natural stability of gold or the honesty and intelligence of members of the government and with all due respect to these gentleman, I advise you as long as the capitalist system lasts, vote for gold

    — George Bernard Shaw

    One can relish the varied idiocy of human action during a panic to the full, for while it is a time of great tragedy, nothing is being lost but money

    — John Kenneth Galbraith, on the Crash of 1929

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race

    — Calvin Coolidge

    A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing

    — Definition of a cynic: Oscar Wilde

    There is no sphere of human thought in which it is easier to show superficial cleverness and the appearance of superior wisdom than in discussing questions of currency and exchange

    — Winston Churchill

    This stock market thing was a great game, but, after all, everybody just can’t live on gambling. Somebody has to do some work

    — Will Rogers

    You know what the fellow said: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock

    — Orson Welles as Harry Lime in The Third Man

    There are several measures that the Fed (or any central bank) can take to reduce the risk of falling into deflation. The U.S. Government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost

    — Ben Bernanke, successor to Fed. Chairman Alan Greenspan: November, 2002 at the National Economists Club, Washington, D.C.

    “Inflation is taxation without legislation.”

    — Milton Friedman

    “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

    — John Maynard Keynes

    Socialism is GREAT – UNTIL you run out of other people’s money

    — Margaret Thatcher

    If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

    — Albert Einstein

    It is however always important to remember that the ability to see things in their correct perspective may be, and often is, divorced from the ability to reason correctly and vice versa. That is why a man may be a very good theorist and yet talk absolute nonsense….

    — Joseph A. Schumpeter

    There is nothing as stupid as an educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in

    — Will Rogers

    The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off

    — Gloria Steinem

    In economics the majority is always wrong

    — John Kenneth Galbraith

    We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit

    — Aristotle

    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking

    — A. A. Milne

    Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much

    — Oscar Wilde

    When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it

    — Clarence Darrow

    I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses

    — Victor Hugo

    I took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia

    — Woody Allen

    Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it

    — André Gide

    An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously

    — Charles Kettering

    The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat

    — Lily Tomlin

    Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever

    — Napolean Bonaparte

    Political correctness is tyranny with manners

    — Charlton Heston

    You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality

    — Ayn Rand

    When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion

    — Robert Pirsig

    Sex and religion are closer to each other than either might prefer

    — Saint Thomas More

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former

    — Albert Einstein

    I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have

    — Thomas Jefferson

    Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake

    — Napoleon Bonaparte

    If you are going through hell, keep going

    — Sir Winston Churchill

    God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh

    — Voltaire

    If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars

    — J. Paul Getty

    Facts are the enemy of truth

    — Don Quixote

    A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship

    — John D. Rockefeller

    All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher

    — Ambrose Bierce

    Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down

    — Jimmy Durante

    A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both

    — Dwight D. Eisenhower

    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life

    — Frank Zappa

    I have often regretted my speech, never my silence

    — Xenocrates

    The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows

    — Aristotle Onassis

    Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains

    — Sir Winston Churchill

    I would have made a good Pope

    — Richard Nixon

    Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one

    — Albert Einstein

    Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names

    — John F. Kennedy

    He who hesitates is a damned fool

    — Mae West

    You can pretend to be serious; you can’t pretend to be witty

    — Sacha Guitry

    Behind every great fortune there is a crime

    — Honore de Balzac

    The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his

    — General George Patton

    Hell is a half-filled auditorium

    — Robert Frost

    Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you

    — Carl Gustav Jung

    Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes

    — Henry David Thoreau

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education

    — Mark Twain

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it

    — Ronald Reagan

    Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair

    — Sam Ewing

    Economists are pessimists: they’ve predicted 8 of the last 3 depressions

    — Barry Asmus

    The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics

    — Thomas Sowell

    The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters

    — Jean-Paul Kauffmann

    Gold is Money. That’s it

    — John Pierpont Morgan

    The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and
    money began to play an important part in determining
    elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to
    the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the
    Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors

    — Plutarch (Historian of the Roman Republic)

    The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that
    their interests and his own are the same

    — Stendhal

    The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all
    history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself
    or be ruled by a small elite

    — Thomas Jefferson

    Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty
    has always come from the subjects of government. The
    history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history
    of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental
    power, not the increase of it

    — Woodrow Wilson

    The voice of protest, of warning, of appeal is never more
    needed than when the clamor of fife and drum, echoed
    by the press and too often by the pulpit, is bidding all
    men fall in and keep step and obey in silence the
    tyrannous word of command. Then, more than ever, it is
    the duty of the good citizen not to be silent

    — Charles Eliot Norton

    The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and
    guided, men are seldom forced to act, but they are
    constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not
    destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize,
    but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a
    people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than
    a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the
    government is the shepherd

    — Alexis de Tocqueville

    If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand

    — Milton Friedman

    Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program

    — Moilton Friedman

    The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to deal with one another and help one another

    — Milton Friedman

    Too many people spend money they earned..to buy things they don’t want..to impress people that they don’t like

    — Will Rogers

    All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance

    — Will Rogers

    The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has

    — Will Rogers

    Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff

    — Will Rogers

    There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

    — Will Rogers

    There is no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you

    — Will Rogers

    There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune

    — Jean Paul Getty

    In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy

    — Jean Paul Getty

    I buy when other people are selling

    — Jean Paul Getty

    Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?

    — Jean Paul Getty

    Formula for success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil

    — Jean Paul Getty

    The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights

    — Jean Paul Getty

    There is crack in everything, that’s the way the light gets in

    — Leonard Cohen

    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

    — Buddha

    “It’s déjà vu all over again”

    — Yogi Berra

    When the devaluation dust settles, Gold will still be around

    — John Budden

    “Seek truth from facts” 實事求是

    — first quoted by Mao Zedong and further promoted by Deng Xiaoping

    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

    “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t”

    — Mark Twain

    “It doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice.”

    — Deng Xiaoping, 1904-1997

    “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

    — Wayne Gretzky