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Extreme sheep-herding

Those who read this blog know that I love any new marketing ideas that work. So forget traditional marketing methods on TV and copy Samsung who commissioned a few Welsh farmers to make this viral ad for YouTube: Posted on 16th March, 100,000 views already and rising. Love it … …

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Groom robbed banks to pay for wedding

The Austrian Times reports that a desperate bridegroom committed four bank robberies after his fiance's plans for a huge white wedding got out of hand. "The hapless groom, a 36-year-old Turk living in Vienna, netted more than €275,000 ($350,000) before he was caught but it still wasn't enough for his …

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Jim Cramer vs Jon Stewart, Round Three and KO

In what began a week ago as an attack on CNBC's Business News coverage and escalated into a head-to-head battle between CNBC's Stock Market pundit Jim Cramer and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, came to what seemed to be a conclusion on Thursday night as Cramer made a personal appearance on …

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Jim Cramer vs Jon Stewart, Round Two

There's nothing like being an online pundit, yours truly included, because your views are on record and, if you call the future and get it wrong, boy, are you dead meat. Jim Cramer knows this when he cried "do not take your money out of Bear Stearns" last March, just …

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HSBC’s bouncing share price

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I'm on travels again and in Hong Kong this week.  That's fine although it was disappointing to wake up to the South China Morning Post screaming headline: "HSBC hit by worst fall for two decades". Oh yes, that really cheered me up. It's all to do with the HSBC £12.5 …

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HSBC’s bouncing share price

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I'm on travels again and in Hong Kong this week.  That's fine although it was disappointing to wake up to the South China Morning Post screaming headline: "HSBC hit by worst fall for two decades". Oh yes, that really cheered me up. It's all to do with the HSBC £12.5 …

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A great time for words

It’s been a great week for men of words in the banking system to come clean and tell their stories of mistakes and errors. It started with Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton, stating that: “The idea of a self regulating market seems quaint if not outright …

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A great time for words

It’s been a great week for men of words in the banking system to come clean and tell their stories of mistakes and errors. It started with Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton, stating that: “The idea of a self regulating market seems quaint if not outright …

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A great time for words

It’s been a great week for men of words in the banking system to come clean and tell their stories of mistakes and errors. It started with Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton, stating that: “The idea of a self regulating market seems quaint if not outright …

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CNBC taken to the cleaners

Jon Stewart's Daily Show on Comedy Central rips CNBC Business News to pieces: Some great clips and puts this all in context.  Checkout 3 minutes onwards if you want to see this whole crisis put into perspective. Thanks to Jeffry at the Financial Brand for the heads-up.

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Best cartoon of The Week

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The Week is a great little magazine, summarising all the stories of the week.  Each magazine has a cartoon front page picture and this week's is so good, I had to post it here:  'Nuff said.

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Beer and Derivatives … a perfect combo!

Another attempt to explain the financial crisis. The last ones were with birds and cows.  This time it's beer-bellied drunks! John owns a bar and, in order to increase sales, decides to allow the most loyal customers – who are mainly unemployed drunks – to drink now but pay later. …

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This is a real hedge fund

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I know that some of you will think I've had a snifter too many, but I've been waiting to find a way to blog about I can has cheezburger for ages …  Are you serious?  You missed LOL Cats?  Where have you been???? LOL Cats (laugh out loud cats) and …

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I want some TARP

Just zipping in behind Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA", this is my second favourite American anthem: Thanks to Bill Zucker. p.s. just in case you're interested, the US Treasury lists an analysis of all Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) transactions every week.

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Bank of England Demonstration

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Coming out of Bank Tube today, next to the Bank of England and Royal Exchange … I was greeted with this sight: Police everywhere … what was going on? Was Fred Goodwin about to make an appearance? Was Lord Myners on his way? Had they heard that a banker was …

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