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  • The Slow Lane: Waiting For Godot in a Dublin Bank

    Globalization has bound the world into a singular community. Travel, though, sometimes upends this notion. Having left New York a few weeks back, I find myself waiting for my identity to catch up with me in Dublin, which as everyone knows, has experienced some banking problems over the last few years. My own began simply. [...]

  • The New American Fantasy: The Imaginary Enemy & Subgroup Rivalry

    Down at the dog-run in Riverside Park, the election has already been won for a second term and the smart money is on the impending “fiscal cliff”, with cynical stories of stock broker promises for saving diminished middle class wealth through the next predicted debacle. Cooler heads were discussing the bigger picture and the sterling [...]

  • Obama, Romney, and US: Scripting the American Fantasy

    Listening to Mitt Romney and the President duke it out, however flaccidly, complete with incoherent mutterings from Clint Eastwood, the iconic High Plains Drifter of Italian spaghetti westerns, loved by conventioneers, who only wanted to hear him mutter his threatening, “c’mon and make my day” to satiate the group lust for blood, I decided to [...]

  • A Pluralistic Unconscious

    Sometimes, reading too much psychoanalytic theory leaves me confused: a psychic stomach ache. And recently, trolling through a plenitude of historical papers, following the “Controversial Discussions” (those who know will know…), had left me, well, feeling rather claustrophobic! That’s where Christopher Bollas’ The Infinite Question opened the door: rather lyrically, he traces an unconscious beyond [...]

  • Only Connect

    Marveling at our world of connectivity: instant access to everyone by Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter.  Still, the number one frustration of individuals seeking new employment remains the inability to get through, to connect. The appearance of connection is not the fact of connection. That requires response. And response comes from people. A paradox of contemporary life [...]

  • Investor Suicide x Equity Shares

    The evolving position of the retail investor is as an independent entrepreneur, both exploiting and exploited by the characteristics and opportunities of investment markets as markets become subject to the risks and uncertainties of large group psychology. Decreasingly, the investor is aware of the decisions and events characterizing value determination both of 1) corporations and [...]

  • Inflection Point?

    The dog woke me at dawn today. With lovely first light streaming in from the East, I fired up the ole computer to read what I take to be the first signs of a new inflection point in this months-long market chaos and my “passive research”. After 5 successive higher closes, the US equities markets [...]

  • The Market as Object of Desire

    We all exist and grow in our subjective relations to people and things: the significant objects in our lives. But what kind of object is a financial market? Composed of anonymous contributions, it is compounded of decisions themselves based in feeling and thought. We relate to it as we do to a large group or [...]

  • Passive Research is to Markets What Action Research is to Firms

    Organizational consultants frequently engage in action research, adapting their methods with the multiple contexts of work demands and constraints. Following the organization of financial markets however, requires a different type of participant observation. I have come to think of it as “Passive Research”, attempting to interpret the ups and downs of actions by the electronic [...]

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