End of Year Thoughts on the Markets – 2021

Christmas is almost here and important investment decisions are looming. Let’s begin. Omicron is spreading rapidly across the world. Emerging guidelines within Canada are that healthcare workers are now required to get a 3rd Pfizer shot (a booster). If the federal government is going to require a third shot against covid-19, I think it wouldContinue reading “End of Year Thoughts on the Markets – 2021”

Dinner by the Bulwark – December 2021

it had been a long time since I’d seen anyone I had just finished my latest meeting I sat by the bulwark at the dinner table several small fires began to form in my head I feel myself start to glow a yellow-white hue like Poseidon’s jewel, the invariable liferaft in this abyss I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Dinner by the Bulwark – December 2021”

King of the Castle – December 2021

mourners gather in Joshuatown the prodigal man empties his pockets swimming in my own virility, I was too confused to laugh I needed someone’s permission red face, blue face, green face which face was I going to be today morning harbingers at Death’s last border greet me I wipe my teardrops off the tombstone thisContinue reading “King of the Castle – December 2021”

Associated British Foods (Company review) – November 2021

Associated British Foods (ABF-L) is a publicly listed company in the UK. It has a five different arms: Grocery, Sugar, Agriculture, Ingredients and Retail. Employing 128,000 people, it is the 8th largest private-sector employer in the UK, according to Disfold.  Going by most revenue, Retail comes first with £5.5 billion. It includes the Ireland-based PrimarkContinue reading “Associated British Foods (Company review) – November 2021”

Hao – November 2021

I emerge bloodied but unbowed under the smoke rings of a genteel spirit a war veteran with one too many accidents in Saigon inviting his children to dine at the war table talking sweet sensabilities into their soft little ears these small upside warriors of freedom were his last memory of her along with aContinue reading “Hao – November 2021”

A Slowdown in China? – November 2021

China’s economy is headed for a slowdown. Power shortages, crackdowns on property speculation and a zero-tolerance covid-19 strategy is leading some to believe that the rebound from the virus-induced recession and lockdown is losing steam. The latest data show that China grew 4.9% in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, down from 8% inContinue reading “A Slowdown in China? – November 2021”

Forest Hill – November 2021

ever since my memory remembers I would visit him every second Tuesday now was more important than before he was not going to live much longer it was an hours drive from home at night, you could see the spirits forming in the trees his house smelled like a furnace mixed with air freshner acrossContinue reading “Forest Hill – November 2021”

Song of the Sea – November 2021

afraid to walk my own land I didn’t board the last train home instead I confined myself to the sea watching shipmates die we had to lift their heavy bodies overboard with only a small prayer to guide them in the abyss after 5 hours of sleep I was ready for my shift I tookContinue reading “Song of the Sea – November 2021”

Midnight in Texas – November 2021

the midnight brigade of the sweet and of the sour churchgoers and unionized protesters rope-skippers lay in between them on the leaf-covered grass, projecting their faith to passersby the faithful give me directions on how to think I chose to reject their temptations, reassuring myself I am a man of principle, of honor in realityContinue reading “Midnight in Texas – November 2021”

Bluebird – November 2021

I walk a lonely winters path the sound of distant cars approaching but never arriving I study the Watcher under a dying oak tree its bark dry like dust he was the last of his kind indulging in the golden age of retrospection he starts to speak to me I felt the grey-tinted window toContinue reading “Bluebird – November 2021”