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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 4:56 PM

Re: Hard vs. Soft Luggage

For checked (larger) bags, we use Samsonite "S'Cure" (http://www.amazon.com/Samsonite-49308-SCure-Spinner-28/dp/B0...) which have just become available in [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 4:40 PM

Re: Brazil visa experience?

I got a Brasil visa late last year. I filled out the form, got a money order, followed their instructions an showed up at the NYC consulate and filed the papers. About a week later I picked up a 10 year, multiple entry visa. I suspect that, if you [more]

Sun Jul 19

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:17 AM

I was reading the paper ...

I was reading one of the newspapers I’ve always respected for being an excellent source of news a couple of days ago – “The New York Times” and an adjective in an article figuratively flew off the page. The article was about the current Greek debt [more]

Tue Jun 30

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:36 AM

Re: Mega casino issues

It's interesting that in Africa China generally uses local labor and Chinese supervision.

Jeff

Sun Jun 28

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 5:57 PM

Re: Finally - It's coming

bit cards have always required PINs, but in Europe, not only do credit cards have chips, but they use pins for each transaction as well.

Most (if not all) of my cards have chips, but why don't we supplement them with the PIN number [more]

Thu Jun 25

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:34 PM

Re: OT: Prost!

Lunch today was at Café Knosel at Haspelgasse 20 in Heidelberg, Germany. We split a pizza sort of pie, but with nearly paper thin crust and a deep fried veal Weiner schnitzel with sautéed potatoes. My “small” beer was half a liter of the [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 1:20 AM

Re: France - need a Sim card for 2 weeks?

Picked up a couple of Vodafone SIM cards for 10 Euro each in Germany. They are voice/text only. Calls in Germany are .09 and outside of Germany are .29. This is fine as the phones are for emergency use only (I generally make calls back home using [more]

Wed Jun 24

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:16 PM

Re: OrmontUS be on the lookout for this:

Yup - stay away from a country like Greece who has to make up a difference in their currency (or a state like California who has a hard stop on other taxation). It's better to take advantage of a country whose currency has dropped (like Japan) for [more]

Mon Jun 22

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:28 AM

Re: OT, well, this is disconcerting

Try using (free) Ghostery, block everything and have it post the list of blocked sites in your browser.

Jeff

Sat Jun 20

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 10:32 AM

Re: Russian River Cruise on Viking

I'll be there in about a month. I'm not particularly concerned about visiting Russia from a personal security standpoint. I would be more concerned if I was visiting Ukraine.

Putin is very popular in Russia, just as Russia is very popular in [more]

Thu Jun 18

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:51 AM

Re: Putin's Provacations

We were told that the difference between our democratic system and those of the Natzi's and communists was that in those systems the police could take you away at night and throw you in jail without accusing you of a crime or allowing you to defend [more]

Wed Jun 17

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 4:29 PM

Re: Russian River Cruise on Viking

Never took that cruise, but I can say that it will likely be far colder in the north of Russia than in the Med

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 4:24 PM

Re: bad cruise decisions

study each port and decide what I want to do. If it involves pre-scheduling (like the time we flew from Mumbai to Delhi and had a car waiting to drive us to Agra and back, as well as hotel reservations, etc. to see the Taj Mahal - or the time we flew [more]

Mon Jun 15

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 6:04 PM

Re: Is now a good time to look at shorting?

or what it's worth (probably not much), a few weeks ago sold about 10% of my equity market holdings at about capital gain neutral (GOOG, GOOGL, BHP, other minor positions at a loss, BRK-B at a gain). This brings equities (of all flavors) down to [more]

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:48 PM

Re: OT - Ice Age Camels

A horse s a camel designed by committee (prettier, but less functional)

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OrmontUS replied to the Best Travel Spots/Tips board. 5:29 PM

Re: bad cruise decisions

While I would never trust a tuk-tuk driver as far as I could trow his egg-beater (OK. I admit to being bigoted in this case), I regularly hire cab drivers world-wide as tour guides. There are a bunch of rules you should follow to try to minimize the [more]

Sun Jun 14

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:04 AM

Re: EU Prepares for Worst

Watching, waiting

Jeff
(Sitting in the Vienna airport waiting for the hop to Budapest)

Sat Jun 13

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:04 AM

Re: World's banks by market capitalization

Interesting that the first bank to appear on both lists is the Royal Bank of Canada, closely followed by the Aussie ones.

Three of the four Chinese banks come before hitting the first US bank and none of the "safe" US banks are on [more]

Fri Jun 12

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OrmontUS replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:31 PM

Re: what's Japanese for "no"?

It's more a matter of the Chinese company acquiring an "in-place" distributor channel for their products in the US alongside the US brands (probably re-branded with the US brands).

Why should one be willing to buy a Tata-improved [more]

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OrmontUS posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:22 PM

World's banks by market capitalization

The following was supplied by Banco Santander (as the only Eurozone bank on the list): Ordinal Bank Name Country Billions of USD 1 Wells Fargo & Co. USA 279.9 2 ICBC China 275.3 3 JP Morgan Chase & Co. USA 225.9 4 China Construction Bank [more]

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