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Estimates of sizes of world markets, 2013

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Here are the estimates of total sizes of world markets as of 2013 in US Dollars:

Forex: 4 Trillion
Stocks, US: 22 Trillion
Stocks, non-US: 32 Trillion
Stocks, world: 54 Trillion
Bonds: 103 Trillion
Derivatives: 1200 Trillion
Paper Precious Metals: 405 Billion
Total Physical Gold: 744 Billion

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Total size = 1362 Trillion

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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“A thousand years ago five minutes were
Equal to forty ounces of fine sand.
Outstare the stars. Infinite foretime and
Infinite aftertime: above your head
They close like giant wings, and you are dead.”
― Vladimir NabokovPale Fire

Dvaita Vedanta

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Dvaita Vedanta (dualistic conclusions of the Vedas) espouses dualism by theorizing the existence of two separate realities. The first and the more important reality is that of Vishnu or Brahman. Vishnu is the supreme Self, God, the absolute truth of the universe, the independent reality. The second reality is that of dependent but equally real universe that exists with its own separate essence. Everything that is composed of the second reality, such as individual soul (Jiva), matter, etc. exist with their own separate reality. The distinguishing factor of this philosophy as opposed to Advaita Vedanta (monistic conclusion of Vedas) is that God takes on a personal role and is seen as a real eternal entity that governs and controls the universe.[1]

Like Ramanuja, Madhvacharya also embraced Vaishnava theology which understood God as being personal and endowed with attributes. To Madhvacharya, Brahman of the Vedanta was same as Vishnu. He stated “brahmashabdashcha vishhnaveva” or that Brahman can only refer to Vishnu. To him, Vishnu was not just any other deity, but rather the singularly all-important Supreme One. Vishnu was the primary object of worship, while all other gods were regarded as subordinate to Him. The deities and other sentient beings were graded, with Vayu, the god of life, being the highest, and Vishnu being eternally above them.

Dvaita Vedanta is not similar to Western dualism which posits the existence of two independent realities or principles. Madhva’s Dualism also acknowledges two principles, however, it holds one of them (the sentient) as being rigorously and eternally dependent on the other (Vishnu/Brahman). Because the existence of individuals is grounded in the divine, they are depicted as reflections, images or even shadows of the divine, but never in any way identical with the divine. Liberation therefore is described as the realization that all finite reality is essentially dependent on the Supreme.[2]

Read more at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvaita

Gold Update

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Cutting my position in gold by a factor of 5 in Portfolio 1 and factor of 7 in Portfolio 2. The actual numbers will be updated at End of Day. Overall, with the current real deflation, gold prices may hit even lower prices on the chart such as $1300 per ounce. Unless a near catastrophic fall occurs in the equity markets in 2013, gold prices may stay low for a while.  My position is currently 82% USD or EUR cash, and 18% equities and gold in Portfolio 1 and  83% USD in Portfolio 2 with 17% equities and gold. Please stay tuned for updates.

UPD 2/21/13 Going long term short DJIA, possibly will re-buy gold at pullbacks.

UPD 2/22/13 Liquidated positions in OIL XOM and CVX at even money in Portfolio 1 and Portfolio 2.
Transferred 2.3% of total net worth to p2p lending accounts in LendingClub.com and
Prosper.com.

Current positions:

Portfolio1               Portfolio2          Portfolio3

GOOG 3.98%          ADSK 3.27%     GTU 90%
GTU 5.89%             GTU 5.11%
ADSK 1.89%           AMZN 4.58%    Forex
DIA SHORT 70%                             USD CASH

Total distribution is as follows:

Portfolio1      46%
Portfolio2      27%
Portfolio3      2.6%
p2p Lending 2.3%
Liquid Cash   0.54%
Assets           7.6%
Real Estate   13.96%

UPD 2/25/13: Increased positions in GTU: Portfolio 1 - 5.89% to 8.83% Portfolio 2 – 5.11% to 10.3%

UPD 2/27/13: Portfolio 1 USD CASH 100% Portfolio 2 USD CASH 100% Forex USD CASH 100% Portfolio 3 Unch.

UPD 3/3/13: Portfolio 1 new distribution:

Bonds 75%
Gold 15.5%
DJIA SHORT 4x

Credo

Monday, February 18th, 2013

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All I believe in is

Spirit, wonder, Sun, land, gun, gold, wisdom and death, and let be whatever will be.

The rest didn’t really pass the test of times.

 

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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“You only lose what you cling to.”
- Gautama Buddha

Global malware infection update

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Well, looks like LinkedIn network has been contaminated with the same website malware as was this site earlier. I get requests from my clients to clean websites of this malware from across the board, looks like this contamination is global. I always kind of wandered why spend time on malware development, it is IMHO kind of counter productive and defeats the purpose of having internet and web altogether. Oh, well. The cleaning of this site took about 3 weeks to complete, I am not even sure of the extent of the damage this type of malware has brought at total on the internet as a whole. My advice for webmasters is to switch as soon as possible from any custom code to a standard CMS platform, such as Bitrix or Joomla,  luckily the patches for this malware attack are available already in all major CMS platforms. The forum section of this site is still not fully functional (though clean of malware), please stay tuned for more updates.

Review of current market prognosis

Friday, February 8th, 2013

My latest call (long NASDAQ June 2012) is currently yielding 16% gain. See this post for the latest market calls. My current Forex gain is performing at 49.2% over the past 3 months. I have not published any calls on Forex (I trade EURUSD) but I probably will in near future. So far so good, this has allowed me to stay on top of inflation plus some gain, which should be the underlying base goal of any investor or trader. In the latest news, EURUSD has reached 1.37071 level on Feb 1, 2013 and began it’s descent prior to ECB meeting. The current status of EURUSD remained unchanged, since ECB did not cut rates, but the wording chosen by Mario Draghi had it’s toll on the currency pair. Currently I hold a minor long position in EURUSD. The further status will be discovered within a week time frame. If no significant growth, the currency pair most likely will be kept in a range 1.32-1.38. Please stay tuned for more market updates.

UPD 2/10/2013: converted EURUSD position to SELL.

UPD 2/11/2013: EURUSD position is in -0.004 loss,

current LONG positions:

Portfolio1                         Portfolio2                       Portfolio3

ADSK 1.80%                      ADSK  3.29%                  GTU 90%

CVX  2.67%                       CVX   1.95%                   Forex

GOOG 3.61%                     GTU  37.02%                  SELL EURUSD

GTU  28.9%                       XOM  1.49%

OIL 0.53%                         AMZN  4.34%

XOM 2.04%

UPD 2/12/13: SELL EURUSD closed with -0.01 loss. Loss on portfolio 1 is -0.002304%.

UPD 2/13/13: BUY EURUSD

UPD 2/18/13: BUY EURUSD closed with -0.01 loss, loss on portfolio 1 is -0.002304%. New trade: BUY EURUSD.

Mind Science Kept Hidden Documentary

Friday, February 8th, 2013

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