Archive for the ‘Investing’ Category

Bond Bubble Bobber

November 17, 2010

The definition of a ‘bobber’ style motorcycle is vague and ill-defined. Mostly a bobber is a stripped down bike (no chrome or fenders) with a very low seat and a raised fuel tank. Additionally, the bobber has relatively ‘fat’ tires and high handlebars so that the rider has to reach to put his hands on the handlebars. The core idea of a bobber is dark, minimalist, somewhat uncomfortable riding. ¬†Sounds like the fixed income market of 2010 to me! Hopefully, if you are reading this you already know what a bond bubble is…

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Panic flows of dollars dear deposited in bonds,

fixed instruments of low returns most popular for today-

This bobber missing tins and guards, no chrome will shine it’s true;

A minimum of function Р or returns that are delayed.

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A two year lists for almost naught,

The fives and tens, bare minimums at best-

A bobber goes along quite fine with few of the refinements,

But out of gas it quickly rolls into a state of rest.

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Bobber tires are round and fat and full of pumped up air-

security investors seek, some paltry pay for play.

A minimum for both – of ride, percentage risk returns;

Praying for deflation in a oddly quiet way!

Precious Metal Motorbike

November 15, 2010

Since everyone is printing money in an attempt to save government pensions, it’s about time we invest in a motorcycle made of more valuable metals.

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Inadequate the iron and chrome of yesterday’s machine,

One needs to see the value of a silver engine head;

and handlebars of platinum with a throttle made of gold.

Your paper money floats away – stock portfolios are lead.

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The answer now, of course, is a ride of rare earth mass,

To offset printing presses here and in the Euro zone.

A seat of finest leather and the tooling is of brass,

Tires rolling smoothly though they are inflation prone.

A Motorcycle Stimulus

August 20, 2010

Almost every sector of the economy is getting a federally funded stimulus these days. Housing, autos, banks, the unemployed – everyone seems to be getting handouts except us motorcycle riders. Why doesn’t Washington recognize that motorcycle riders are hurting too – we need that free government money to stimulate motorcycle rider creativity and sense of well being. Plus we promise to accelerate the money we get back into the economy for things like more chrome, bigger engines, new tires, pizza and chocolate candy. What’s not to like?

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The v-twin sags into its slot, no fanfare bringing glee-

a little sad, depressed; it watches markets sink all day.

As others get a handout minus any handling fees,

of dollars freshly printed in D.C., the bloggers say.

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Economies, supply – demand; with charts and graphs galore.

revised, updated and drilled down; the Fed it knows the way-

All in line for balm that’s blended on Potomac’s shore-

Upgrade my motorcycle! – based on money made today!

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No wait, the data is confusing Wall Street pros repine-

The yen is climbing past the Euro; California in decline.

But I will boldly press along, my check is in the mail.

Fire up the v-twin, off we go! Into the autumn of travail-