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Understanding Wall Street

March 9, 2009

Every once in a while a simple piece explains the most complex subjects. Here’s how Jim Sinclair explains it:

deaddonkeyYoung Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day the farmer drove up and said, ‘Sorry Chuck, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.’
Chuck replied, ‘Well, then just give me my money back.’
The farmer said, ‘Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.’
Chuck  said, ‘OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.’
The farmer asked, ‘What ya gonna do with a dead donkey?
Chuck said, ‘I’m going to raffle him off.’
The farmer said ‘You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!’
Chuck said, ‘Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, ‘What happened with that dead donkey?’
Chuck said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00.’
The farmer said, ‘Didn’t anyone complain?’
Chuck said, ‘Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.’
Chuck now works for Morgan Stanley in their OTC Default Derivative Department.

Courtesy “Jim Sinclairs MineSet,” which hosts Jim’s gold commentary and is intended as a free service to the gold community. According to their website… “We are a service oriented teaching forum that uses the daily market as its text and blackboard. We comment, but every commentary carries a lesson.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. harbans permalink
    March 10, 2009 2:37 am

    pretty clever!

  2. Gary permalink
    March 10, 2009 2:30 pm

    That pretty much sums it up…

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