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  2. Words of the wise - 25 financial sayings and proverbs

    I’ve been using twitter to try to get some referrals… (with a little success)

    Anyways this is what I came up with by way of research…

    1. Spending is quick; earning is slow. ~Russian
    2. Bulls make money. Bears make money. Pigs get slaughtered. ~Wall Street
    3. The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. ~Frank Hubbard
    4. There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one. ~Jack Yelton
    5. I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. ~Mark Twain
    6. I cannot afford to waste my time making money. ~Louis Agassiz
    7. There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either. ~Robert Graves
    8. Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair. ~Sam Ewing
    9. A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. ~Bob Hope
    10. Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. ~J. Paul Getty
    11. When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. ~Voltaire
    12. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. ~Oscar Wilde
    13. Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail. ~Henry Wheeler Shaw
    14. A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. ~Mark Twain
    15. Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin
    16. One of the funny things about the stock market is that every time one person buys, another sells, and both think they are astute.~William Feather
    17. Derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction.~Warren Buffet
    18. Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.~Donald Trump
    19. The number-one job of the hedge-fund manager is not to make sure that you can retire with a smile on your face - it’s for him to retire with a smile on his face.~Mark Cuban
    20. The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.~John D. Rockefeller
    21. Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.~J. Paul Getty
    22. We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way. We pay it back.~Lee Iaccoca
    23. My father, being a Scotsman, taught me to look after finances. I’m shrewd. Some people may call me tight.~Rod Stewart
    24. To beat the market you’ll have to invest serious bucks to dig up information no one else has yet.~Merton Miller
    25. Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.~Warren Buffett

    Tagged #finance #wisdom

  3. Thoughts on iPhones and Apple Watch


    I would never have worn a iPod nano on my wrist and I don’t think I will be wearing the current Watch. It is too square and too big.

    But a second generation round, thin Watch or an Watch nano, I’d wear that…

    Apple pay

    Much bigger than it seems. If I understand it Apple allows financial services companies into the system and then you just touch to pay.

    What if one app were a bitcoin wallet that pays to local currency?

    The larger iPhone 6 plus

    Maybe get it and retire my aged iPad 1G…. finally!


  4. Japan in Space

    In our family everyone is interested in space so we have been to JAXA in Japan and Houston and Cape Canaveral in the U.S. So here is a modest new site!


    Tagged #space #JAXA #NASA

  5. Steve Jobs would never have tweeted this!

    Tagged #apple

  6. Dark Knight marketing?


  7. Wish we could say more…

    So do I!

    Tagged #apple #aapl

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  9. Terrible World Cup coverage by NHK Japan! #FAIL


    After broadcasting countless hours of the World Cup in Brazil - what do NHK Japan do just before the German team get their medals and lift the Cup?

    They stop the coverage and cut to domestic news!


    Showing the winning team lifting the Cup is the closing of the World Cup - why broadcast the rest if you are not going to show that?

    Terrible, terrible decision by their editors…

    I am not Argentinian or German but appalled!

    Tagged #nhk #world cup

  10. Tokyo Omotesando Apple store - slightly disappointed!

    Yesterday I dropped in to the new Apple store in Omotesando.

    I had two reasons.

    Firstly I tried on the opening day last Friday (I’d have liked to have gotten this free T shirt) but the lines were too long so I gave up.


    Secondly this is the state of my Lightning cable.



    It still works but it’s fragile and looks bad.

    Now I am stingy and I don’t want to buy a new cable, especially as this one does still work (just) and it’s only about 2 years old.

    Thinking that I might just be able to get a goodwill replacement I asked one of the young staff (I am a believer in “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”, and “it costs nothing to ask”) and I have read of Apple making discretionary replacements.

    Anyway the young but courteous staffer checked my phone and registration and said unfortunately they couldn’t give me a replacement cable, and I could buy one…

    I KNOW the warranty is just one year and I am NOT ENTITLED to a replacement but it really wouldn’t have hurt Apple. I think the staffer was just somewhat robotically repeating the standard manual procedure.

    Just for reference here is the history of my Apple purchases:

    Bondi blue iMac
    G4 Cube
    12” Powerbook
    White keyboard
    Airport Express 1st Generation
    IPod shuffle 1st generation
    iMac 21 inch aluminum
    iPod Shuffle 3rd generation
    iPod 3rd generation
    Cables to connect iPhone/iPod/iPad to TV
    iPhone 3GS
    iPad 1st generation
    iPhone 4S
    Apple TV
    iPhone 5
    Magic Trackpad

    I have had trouble twice - the iMac was returned after 3 months as the hard drive died (that was under warranty) and this second trouble with the cable.

    I’ve never had a cable go bad before…

    For all the other phones the cable has outlasted the phone!

    For the record I have had better experiences with Sony and Panasonic here in Japan doing “goodwill” outside warranty minor replacements!


    Tagged #apple #iphone

  11. Investing in Vietnam

    The thing about living in Japan is that any economy that is emerging inevitably attracts a lot of Japanese investment and it can be seen at the ground level.

    For example the father of one of my kid’s elementary school friends was relocated to Brazil with his family (lucky timing for the World Cup). He’s in elevator sales (literally).

    Another “hot” country is Vietnam, where there is a huge amount of Japanese investment and also Myanmar.

    This is what analyst investor and Ben Graham disciple Jan Pstrokonski of Smart Japanese Stocks has to say about Vietnam:

    The valuations of many stocks have run up quickly, and if you are managing hundreds of millions then it is getting harder to find any room below the foreign ownership limits. But, there are still some really great valuations there.

    In fact, foreign individual investors visit brokerages quite rarely.

    When I went to set up my account, not only did they treat me like royalty, but a journalist was there to record the story!

    And I appeared on two Vietnamese finance websites.

    Here is a picture of me on a Vietnamese website getting excited about net current asset value:

    Vietnam account set-up 

    Vietnam account set-up 

    This article from Vyctoria Tran’s VNinvestment has good information on "Opening a Vietnam Trading Account" brokerage account for Vietnamese stocks, and links to brokerages and stock articles.


  12. Interesting the way he talks about meeting people doing deals and developing trust and a reputation.

    Kind of sounds like old-style stock trading, open outcry, person to person etc. Somewhat ironic considering Bitcoin is digital!

    Tagged #bitcoin

  13. An excellent WWDC keynote!

    Apple really nailed it - lots for developers and users alike…

    A lot of new features and designs in iOS 8 and OS X (and my aging 2007 iMac is still supported!).

    Some parts like the health apps were only briefly discussed but I think they couldn’t go into detail without revealing information about forthcoming hardware.

    I am really looking forward to a parade of new products over the coming months!

    Watch the keynote


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  15. WWDC 2014

    This year’s Apple Developer Conference looks very promising - makes me glad I bought Apple options expiring in October!

    Tagged #AAPL