The Old Man’s Views

The Old Man’s Views Old men, power and COP26

By Tony Westfallen / 04 Nov 2021

The more I hear from the young, dynamic guys out there – those who use technology to create a positive future – the more I appreciate how truly creative and clever they are, especially if I compare them to the current batch of old men in power.   In the financial world, I realize some…
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The Old Man’s Views More regulations could be the problem!

By Tony Westfallen / 28 Oct 2021

You cannot discuss this business with anyone working in it, without the discussion turning to rules and regulations. How, without introducing more rules and regulations, we could see the business destroyed.   I am sure more regulations will be brought in very soon but are they really that necessary. Moreover, are those people helping to draw…
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The Old Man’s Views Beijing Biden and the Coming Big Bang

By Tony Westfallen / 21 Oct 2021

I’m running my computer and router on a generator because the power is off. What the hell is going on? For 20-years, since Bill “blow-me” Clinton, campaigned to get China into the WTO, what have we seen; Our wealth and jobs sent to China, Commodity yielding land sold to China. Chinese companies awarded contracts to…
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The Old Man’s Views How to piss off your Peers? Here’s how.

By Tony Westfallen / 19 Oct 2021

For many years, since I moved to Portugal, I have learned to keep my work and my private relationships much more separate than I once did. For most of my life on the front line of the business, colleagues and customers were the people with whom I spent most of my downtime. After work drinks…
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The Old Man’s Views Oh, Joe! What did you do?

By Tony Westfallen / 14 Oct 2021

The great thing about internet searching is the algorithms that keep presenting you with the content it thinks you will like.   I was searching searching “major economic downturns” and “declines of empires”, and was presented with links to some new YouTube videos from sports events and rock concerts where people had filmed, not the…
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The Old Man’s Views Lords and Ladies of the Speculative World

By Tony Westfallen / 05 Oct 2021

Summer is over, it is time to look at the bright new future ahead. Having been wheeled out of my nursing home and placed back in front of a computer, I am feeling decidedly young and sprightly, and in this first ‘proper’ edition of my ramblings, I will throw off my mask, and try to…
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The Old Man’s Views I’m Back!

By Tony Westfallen / 29 Sep 2021

I’ve now been in the world of Capital Markets for almost 50 years, and the current environment is a million miles from the one I entered back in the 1970s.   Investing and speculation was very much an arena for the well-heeled, and well educated. Few people owned stocks, few understood inflation, and few had…
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