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  1. LeveragedBuyout

    Sad to see you leave PDF, but I fully understand. Is there any other way to get in touch with...

    Sad to see you leave PDF, but I fully understand. Is there any other way to get in touch with you, do you visit other forums? Or are you stepping back from online discussion entirely?
  2. LeveragedBuyout

    So it will never happen. As much as it pains me, I prefer to fight fire with fire, which is why...

    So it will never happen. As much as it pains me, I prefer to fight fire with fire, which is why I generally support the GOP (though the insanity of the GOP this year has made me just sit out politics entirely).
  3. LeveragedBuyout

    In an ideal world, I would probably be a libertarian: small government in all forms (both fiscal...

    In an ideal world, I would probably be a libertarian: small government in all forms (both fiscal and social) is a very attractive proposition. Unfortunately, I think it's hopelessly naive, and the Democratic Party would cease to exist without Big Government (think what would happen if the...
  4. LeveragedBuyout

    Hi rmi, it's been a long time. I have been very, very busy with work recently, but everything...

    Hi rmi, it's been a long time. I have been very, very busy with work recently, but everything is fine. How are you doing these days?
  5. LeveragedBuyout

    Happy 240th !

    The United States wouldn't exist without French patriots like Lafayette. Boston doesn't forget: THE LAFAYETTE MALL THIS MALL NAMED IN HONOR OF MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE DISTINGUISHED FRENCH SOLDIER MAJOR-GENERAL IN THE WAR OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE AN ILLUSTRIOUS PATRIOT OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION...
  6. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    The vast majority of my post sourced data (sources--heard of it? data--heard of it?) from Eurostat, the official statistics office of the EU. Your reply: Biased, inaccurate, etc. It sounds like you have no confidence in your own institutions, so perhaps you should consider your own exit from...
  7. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    EU members are in denial. The EU has not been a significant benefit to the UK: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Intra-EU_trade_in_goods_-_recent_trends Table 1: Exports of goods to other Member State, 2002 and 2013 (EUR 1 000 million) - Source: Eurostat (TET00039)...
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    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    You have cut to the heart of the matter. While the proximal cause of Brexit was the issue of immigration, or the British financial contribution to the EU, or the democratic deficit of Brussels-imposed laws, the overarching theme has always been that the British outlook and the Continental...
  9. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    Memory is failing. My username on AMF is "Strategist," not "Capitalist." Apologies, but I just don't visit that often.
  10. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    "Capitalist" (LeveragedBuyout was rejected as too long). But I visit only infrequently.
  11. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    It sounds similar enough to the US system (the old system) that I would be favorably inclined towards exploring it as an option for the US. However, the paragraph at the bottom explaining that the French healthcare system is also experiencing financial difficulties leads me to believe that it...
  12. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    Hi @xenon54 , it's been a while. I never quite left (I was still lurking), but I have been shamed into participating again with the TTA elevation. Soon the PDF staff will realize their mistake and demote me, but in the interim, I feel a sense of obligation to contribute constructively to...
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    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    To be honest, I produced that option off the cuff, and have not read of anyone else proposing it. I don't know how the British would receive such an idea, but superficially, it checks the boxes: free trade without the immigration or slush-fund payments. And it helps that we already share a...
  14. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    It's possible that the UK will choose a route similar to the Norwegians or Swiss, which gives them access but also forces them to pay a price. Or the UK can be a bit more clever and pursue other options, such as negotiating entry to NAFTA, a much larger market than the EU, and potentially...
  15. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    The EU has no choice but to negotiate a favorable treaty with the UK, to ensure that trade flows remain smooth. http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/gbr/ $420bn of imports from Europe, with Germany alone accounting for $100bn. Everyone who thinks that the EU will engage in a...
  16. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    Congratulations, Britain! If the EU won't have you, how about giving NAFTA a try?
  17. LeveragedBuyout

    The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

    It looks like the market knows something. GBP/JPY strengthened considerably. Volatility has collapsed, institutions are unwinding their puts. Gap-up in the UK ETF (EWU) after-hours: All signs point to victory for "remain," at least according to the market tea-leaves. Disappointing.
  18. LeveragedBuyout

    Please Welcome The New Batch of Promoted Members

    Congrats to @The Eagle @AgNoStiC MuSliM @PARIKRAMA @abdulbarijan @cnleio @Bilal Khan 777 and to @Manticore and @Slav Defence for their excellent selections, although I can't help but wonder if my inclusion were a mistake. Nevertheless, I will do my best to be a role model for others here until...
  19. LeveragedBuyout

    The American debt crisis in 5 charts

    You rant about transparency, but you are silent about what transparency you require. You want a list of member banks of the Federal Reserve Banks? Here you are (as of 2014). Purchasing shares in the Fed Bank is a condition of participation in the Federal Reserve System, so essentially all...
  20. LeveragedBuyout

    The American debt crisis in 5 charts

    Hey @Thəorətic Muslim , it's been a while. No idea what his agenda is. The regional banks are owned by privatized banks because America is capitalist, driven by a laissez-faire mentality (or has been, historically), and we have a privatized banking system. That's why the Fed has policy...
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