A Real Phony

By: Fred Sheehan | Wed, Feb 1, 2012
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"You're wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you're right. She isn't a phony because she's a real phony. She really believes all this crap she believes. You can't talk her out of it.... She's nuts."

~ Of Holly Golightly, from Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)

"While central planning may no longer be a credible form of economic organization, the intellectual battle for its rival - free-market capitalism - is far from won."

"Anti-capitalist virulence appears strongest from those who confuse "crony capitalism" with free markets. Crony capitalism abounds when government leaders, usually in exchange for political support, routinely bestow favours on private-sector individuals or businesses. That is not capitalism. It is called corruption."

~ Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who centrally controlled and underpriced the most over-leveraged interest rate in the world for 18 years and is now cashing in like a reality TV celebrity. Financial Times, January 30, 2012, under the fanciful title: "Meddle with the Market at Your Peril"

 


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Fred Sheehan

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Frederick J. Sheehan

Frederick J. Sheehan Jr. is an investor, investment advisor, writer, and public speaker. He is currently working on a book about Ben Bernanke.

He is the author of Panderer to Power: The Untold Story of How Alan Greenspan Enriched Wall Street and Left a Legacy of Recession (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and co-author, with William A. Fleckenstein, of Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve (McGraw-Hill, 2008). He writes regularly for Marc Faber's "The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report."

Sheehan serves as an advisor to investment firms and endowments. He is the former Director of Asset Allocation Services at John Hancock Financial Services where he set investment policy and asset allocation for institutional pension plans. For more than a decade, Sheehan wrote the monthly "Market Outlook" and quarterly "Market Review" for John Hancock clients.

Sheehan earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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