The History of BXH. The Bank in The Manhattan Puzzle.

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

BXH is one of the least well known international banks in the world. Its name is rarely mentioned in the media for one very important reason. It is discreet. It doesn’t announce its results in a flurry of conference calls and media interviews because it is the last of the great banks to remain in private hands. And it plans to remain that way. The Eternal Circle – The Symbol of BXH Because of this you will not have heard much about BXH and rather less about its...

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What will China do next?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

Napoleon called China a sleeping giant. “Let him sleep,” he said. “If he wakes he will shake the world.” China is waking. A new Silk Road is being planned that will see high speed trains connecting China to India, Iran and points west. The year Chinese dominance will be permanently unassailable is projected by some to be 2040, only a generation from now. By 2040 the Chinese economy, at current projections, will be a $123 trillion behemoth, three...

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7 things we should never blog or twitter about

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in On Writing

Some things are off limits, even for the most challenged of us. Here is my list of the 7 things I shouldn’t ever be caught trying to tell you about in 2013: 1. A multi level marketing program. Sure, it sounds great to get a kick back every time someone clicks through to that How-to-Make-Your-Fortune-Without-Any-Effort site, but if the system worked so well, why would the sponsors need us to pay to join up? 2. Details about those amazing new photos I took of myself. If...

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The Manhattan Puzzle – The Devil’s Casino for spoiled princesses

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Mystery Novels, Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

It is clear from Vicky Ward’s book, The Devil’s Casino, that many of the wives of senior Lehman executives were spoiled-princesses. Prostrating themselves at the high-altar of the firm, gilding every ageing lily and fighting like Cinderella’s fat sisters were the everyday obsessions of these icons of corporate triumphalism. It’s not hard to feel a little envy, of course, when you read about the opulence (more Jimmy Choos than it is healthy to...

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The Manhattan Puzzle – US Bailout costs

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Research, The Manhattan Puzzle

Cost, as of end 2012, of the financial bail out in the U.S. alone: * $29 billion for Bear Stearns * $143.8 billion for AIG (this far) * $100 billion for Fannie Mae * $100 billion for Freddie Mac * $700 billion for Wall Street, including Bank of America (Merrill Lynch), Citigroup, JP Morgan (WaMu), Wells Fargo (Wachovia), Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and a lot more * $25 billion for The Big Three in Detroit * $8 billion for IndyMac * $150 billion stimulus package (from...

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