Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Y'know, I do like Jim Rogers, Hot Commodities was a good book, he does have his own commodity index and you & I don't, but boy has that guy been taken to the woodshed and beaten like a red-headed stepchild.

On November 25th we all got to read this:

FT Alphaville - Jim Rogers' contrarian view on Russia.

A hilarious read, in retrospect.

And then the same day he appeared on Bloomberg:

Where he notes that he was invested, among other things, in the Micex via "an ETF".

Gee, I hope it's not this one:

So hey, I still like the guy, he's educated me a lot about commodities and I do respect his experience.

But boy he really looked like a fool on this one. And reading Putin's Kleptocracy* has made me aware of how fucking clueless Jim was about the political/economic situation on the ground.

Even if you like someone, remember that they are very likely to screw up big-time.

* - Putin's Kleptocracy reads like an indictment. By that, I mean it's just a long footnoted list of associations and events with no narrative structure. I appreciate the book being written, but it's not worth buying to read unless you happen to work for Interpol.

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