The Old Man’s Views

The Old Man’s Views The People Vs The Powers?

By Tony Westfallen / 02 Dec 2021

Omicron: Yet, another variant of the China virus that our governments enjoy using to impose their authority? If you can’t beat them, we should join them.   I was thinking about this and how we promote cryptocurrencies. Perhaps we should be talking less about opportunity and more about fear. Fear is a great motivator, and…
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The Old Man’s Views Thanksgiving Thoughts from the Old Man

By Tony Westfallen / 25 Nov 2021

Unusually for me, I am a bit short of inspiration this week.   I think it might be because of the launch of CNN Portugal last night. That happened exactly one year after they stopped the transmission of Fox News in Portugal.   Then again, it might be because the people telling me to buy…
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The Old Man’s Views Are you confusing hedging a position with diversifying your assets?

By Tony Westfallen / 18 Nov 2021

Because I keep away from the micro part of the business, i.e., what to buy and sell, or what happened yesterday, it is sometimes difficult to find a spark of an idea when you try to put out something every week. It would be easy to comment on this week’s collapse in cryptocurrencies and tell…
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The Old Man’s Views From Marxist Methane to Foreign Farm – and a Few Things In-between

By Tony Westfallen / 10 Nov 2021

I thought about starting this week’s report commenting on Joe Biden emitting his unique methane in front of the Duchess of Cornwall. But there is no point causing a stink!   And talking of something that stinks, what about this Billionaires tax which passed into law last week. Envy is so wrong, even when millions…
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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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