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A SQUARE 25 Jul 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008
Why hasn't the price of pulp risen as rapidly as some other commodities?
  Prospects of investing in pulp
  "...For both pulp and commodity prices in general, much is dependent on the value of the US dollar, Statist.

A SQUARE :: 25Jul08 A SQUARE 25 Jul 2008
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Why hasn't the price of pulp risen as rapidly as some other commodities?
  Prospects of investing in pulp
  "...For both pulp and commodity prices in general, much is dependent on the value of the US dollar, Statistically, a 10 cent appreciation in the USD against the Euro = USD35 change in the pulp price."

Niche Timber Investing: Teak
  There is a special issue related to teak sawnwood and its quality and price which investors should be aware of
  Potential investment returns from teak plantations are far higher than returns from more traditional species such as pines and firs in North America, pines and spruces in Europe, and even eucalyptus in Latin America and Australia.

Theme Investing
  How can you relate and integrate concepts from other disciplines (randomly occurring phenomenon) to create filters, that condition the outcomes of a model to run a fund?
  

Separating banking functions from risk-taking activities
  “If you can figure a way to rid the US of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the moral hazard it creates you will have solved the periodic Banking crisis that occurs”
  "While institutions, such as Fair Isaacs and the Rating Agencies, lobby heavily to be the private sector risk assessors for the FDIC, they have no “free market” credibility in that they bear no risk should they be wrong in their assessment. I have always sought a ‘private sector, at risk’ solution to the FDIC … and I believe there is a fairly simple way of achieving this."

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