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  • Mercenary Links August 1st: Bears growling again... junk bonds plummet... the dollar is surging... Europe in trouble, Argentina defaults... parallels with 1914, the business of fake hollywood money, and more.

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  • A popular columnist recently suggested the "world's greatest trader" wouldn't even beat a passive indexer over the long term because of tax issues. This argument is so insulting, and so out of whack in respect to real trading, it spurred the following rant...

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  • Success can take longer than we think, and overnight sensations are years in the making. If signs of internal progress are present, press forward.

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  • We look at the various ways this market is showing "too much" -- too much divergence, too much Fed trouble, and so on.

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  • Investors who were long high-beta growth stocks, now wondering what the hell is going on, have received a painful wake-up call: It was just a giant macro bet...

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