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Things that make you go hmmm...Feb 04, 2013

Things that make you go hmmm...Feb 04, 2013

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No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You To Die.
'History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes andvillains keep on changing parts.' – 
Ian Fleming,
Casino Royale
'An effective zero percent interest rate, as a price for hiding in a foxhole, is prohibitive. ' – 
Bill Gross
'I used to think if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or a .400 baseball hitter. But nowI want to come back as the bond market. You can intimidateeverybody.' – 
James Carville
'Don't you miss interest rates?' – 
Jim Grant
'And people with obsessions, refected Bond, were blind
to danger.' – 
Ian Fleming,
Moonraker 
To learn more about Grant's new investment newsleer,
 Bull's Eye Investor,
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
Hmmm...
A walk around the fringes of nance
By Grant Williams
4 FEBRUARY 2013
 
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THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
Hmmm...
4 FEBRUARY 2013
Contents
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Mark Carney Plots Assault on Bank of England....................................................17Falling Yen Set to Spark Renewed Currency Wars................................................18ECB Executive Board Member Asmussen: German Interest Rates Will Rise Again...........19500,000 People Sign Petition Asking Prime Minister Rajoy To Resign..........................21Egypt: To the Barricades Again......................................................................22Countdown to the Collapse..........................................................................23Why the Investment Gods Must Be Crazy..........................................................24Retirement Savings Accounts Draw US Consumer Bureau Attention...........................26Analysts Debate Meaning of Central Bank's Newest Regulatory Tool..........................27
..................................................28WORDS THAT MAKE YOU GO
..................................................32AND FINALLY................................................................................33
 
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THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO
Hmmm...
4 FEBRUARY 2013
ThingsThat Make You Go
 Hmmm...
 
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the rst James Bond movie,
Dr. No,
whichhad its worldwide premiere at the London Pavilion on October 5th, 1962.The movie was based on the book of the same name,written by Ian Fleming, a former naval intelligence
ofcer and grandson of Robert Fleming, the Scottishnancier who founded Robert Fleming & Co. Ltd.
'Flemings', as it was known, was a UK-based merchantbank which, in 1985, for reasons best known to
trusted ofcers of the company long since departed,was the rst institution willing to give a wide-eyedyoung man named Grant Williams a job in the nancial
industry.
My love for James Bond has nothing to do with the largesse of my erstwhile employer; in fact,
it wasn't until I had been in the employ of the Fleming family for a couple of years that theconnection became apparent (along with the realization that Alexander Fleming, the inventor
of penicillin, was a scion of the same family). My love for James Bond stems from the place
inside every 8-year-old boy where he wants desperately to be a secret agent, drive fast cars,and hunt down 'baddies'. (At that stage in my development, beautiful women were the only
thing about James Bond lms that I thought they could do without. Hey... I was 8.)
Recently, in conjunction with the release of 
Skyfall
, the latest Bond movie, a study wascommissioned by Sky TV in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of 
Dr. No's
release, todetermine the best moment in the history of the franchise. Surprisingly, the iconic line 'Bond.
James Bond', rst uttered by Sean Connery as he sat at a gaming table with a cigarette hanging
loosely from his lips, landed in third place with just 5.7% of the vote. The winner of the poll,and incidentally the only other piece of dialogue amongst a litany of car chases, set pieces,
and explosions, came from the third Bond lm,
Goldnger 
, which came out in 1964. The quote
in question was uttered by the villain of the piece, Auric Goldnger, in response to Connery's
Bond, who, as he lay watching a laser beam slowly cut through a solid gold table toward hisgroin, asked what, under the circumstances, was a perfectly reasonable question:
'Do you expect me to talk?' 
Goldnger laughed and replied simply,
'No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.' 
Now, those of you who have read my work for a while will be rolling your eyes at the mention
of Goldnger and will be bracing yourselves for yet another trip into the murky world of
conspiracy theories surrounding gold bullion. But, if you've made it this far, you are about tobe pleasantly surprised, because that's not where I am taking you. No, that's not where we areheaded at all.

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