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The Cliff

12/31/12

Imagine perching atop a cornice of snow on a rocky cliff nested high in the Rockies. Your head reaches above the tops of spruce and pine. Even ravens do not fly this high. Your skis poke their tips... Continue

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Capital Markets

12/04/12

There was a knock on the door of 221B Baker Street, where the nameplate above the buzzer read “S. Holmes.” A woman opened the door, showing in a sullen, heavily cloaked figure. She was accustomed... Continue

The Great Debate: 3Q2011 vs. 1Q2012

05/16/12

(Patriotic music starts. Camera pans audience of diverse college students, respectable elderly, and concerned baby boomers. People cheer and clap as they watch themselves on the screen above the... Continue

Catch 2012

03/22/12

An older man named Yossarian stopped by the office the other day. No first name, just Yossarian. I mentioned that Yossarian was the main character in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, the satirical 1961... Continue

The Hero

09/24/11

Imagine the Lone Ranger galloping over the horizon, confident that he and his sidekick Tonto will face down any evil before them with nothing more than a white stallion, silver bullets, and a healthy... Continue

Sub-Standard & Poorly

08/06/11

Yesterday’s Syntrinsic Commentary spoke to the larger implications of an unsustainable approach to capitalism, specifically, capitalism that requires inexhaustible credit to function. Today, as... Continue