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What is an El Niño event and why should we care?

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Articles, News | 0 comments

What is an El Niño event and why should we care?

Australian scientists officially declare the onset of a ‘substantial’ El Niño event in the tropical Pacific. The last mega Nino in 1997 had powerful and catastrophic effects on global weather. It caused 22,000 deaths world-wide and cost $33 billion in flood and drought-related damage. What is El Nino? The Christ child they called it, the fishermen of Northern Peru, who noticed around Christmas-time in certain years, a warm counter current flowing from the north, extending far south, lasting for months. We now know it can increase the water temperature by between four and ten degrees Centigrade. This warming of the ocean devastated the fishermen’s livelihood because it...

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Scientist fears CIA is attempting to weaponise the weather

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Articles, News | 0 comments

What if you could control the weather? It’s a question that has exercised mankind for millennia. Now evidence has emerged that the US Intelligence community is funding climate research in what a leading climate scientist fears is a step towards controlling and weaponizing weather. Professor Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has revealed in a recent conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San José how three years ago he received a telephone call from two men who claimed to be working for the CIA. Apparently they said: “we are working for the CIA and would like to know if some other country was...

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Financial Fiction Related Genres – Part 2

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

One modern work of financial fiction, John McLaren’s Press Send which is discussed in the section on banker novelists could also be regarded as a work of science fiction as artificial intelligence is unlikely to reach the level described in the book in the foreseeable future, if at all. In contrast Po Bronson’s The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest describes a type of computer that did not exist when he started writing the novel but which was planned by major firms by the time it was published and hence his novel is a work of social realism – not science fiction. However, some science fiction writers of the 19th century and more recent times have...

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Financial Fiction Related Genres – Part 1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

The Legal Fiction Genre With its famous trial scene on which the plot hinges, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice could be regarded as a forerunner, of both the legal fiction and the financial fiction genres, though exhibiting rather greater eloquence than most works in these categories! (However nobody can live on a diet of caviar and champagne. More modest fare can be even more satisfying in its own way). Dante’s Divine Comedy devotes significant attention to usury and counterfeiting. Dante was himself the son of a banker or money-changer, the brother-in-law of a moneylender. A loan, secured on the basis of a signature of dubious legality, is central to the...

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Financial Fiction Genre: Banker – Novelists and Modern Financial Thrillers

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

Reaganism and Thatcherism shook up the international financial system, unleashing forces of enterprise, e.g. the Big Bang or deregulation of the financial markets in London in 1986. But these changes also creating a climate in which greed and avarice had spectacular opportunities in which to manifest themselves – the Great Crash in 1987 did have a sobering effect on many. Exactly 10 years after the Big Bang in the television series The Naked City on BBC2 Michael Lewis, author of the factual, autobiography Liar’s Poker was interviewed at length about that era, as was the novelist Linda Davies who was also a banker during that period. Whereas other novelists...

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Financial Fiction Genre: Social Commentators, Journalists and Educators

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

The world of finance becomes a mainstream topic in the era of “Greed is Good,” Junk Bonds, Leveraged Buy-Outs, the Yuppies etc. In the late 1960s the idea of using fiction as a means of teaching economic theory was revived by a pair of academics writing under the pseudonym ofMarshall Jevons. However, it was not until the 1980s that the world of finance really began to impinge on the public imagination. The 1980s was the get rich quick decade or the era of Junk Bonds, Leveraged Buy-Outs, and Greed is Good and the Yuppie. For an entertaining description of what it was like to be an investment banker in that period see Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis, who...

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