Exchange Invest Weekend 2886: Boston Tea Party Myths

Patrick L Young
9 min readFeb 10, 2024

Lunar telescopes. Key CCP connections. Boston Tea Party? Fake news! — & why the 3rd Reich had worrying precepts for the Ivy League in 2024.

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On this day in 2004, French prosecutors launched a money-laundering probe into the alleged transfers of $11.5 million dollars to accounts held by the wife of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

IN BIGWORLD

From Exchange Invest 2822–2824: Tuesday-Thursday, February 6th-8th:

There’s a mega meltdown looming as a post-QE world starts to hit over-extended property developers and related holders, especially of offices. Stories abound of US blocks (especially in NYC) now being repriced at 50% of the original value ascribed to their loans…

Almost $1.5 trillion of US commercial property loans need to be refunded by the end of next year, at an average legacy rate of 3.97% but starting in likely refunding rates nearer 7.5%.

B-grade office blocks in New York and San Francisco are selling at 60–70% discounts to where they were…

It’s worth noting a major culprit for office valuations is the permeating “work from home” (WFH) culture. In Asia, offices are close to 100% full. In the US, barely a third: 34.1%, of workers turn up on Fridays. For offices in Silicon Valley (San Jose), that’s even lower at 28.2% and barely one in four turns up in New York: 27.4%.

Meanwhile in European commercial property, it’s far from easy going. The staggering collapse of Rene Benko’s Signa empire amounts to top-drawer bankruptcy p**n. With the firm reduced to selling off company branded snow globes and doormats, European banks are reckoned to be owed around $10 billion. A looming fire sale may include iconic properties (or significant stakes therein including Berlin’s KaDeWe department store and the stunning Chrysler building in New York. London’s Selfridges has already passed 100% into the hands of a Thai co-investor with Benko himself in personal bankruptcy and out of his company.

…and that’s just one firm. The notion it will be alone in a world which has gone from zero to 500 bps and beyond as QE is finally removed, strikes me as tricky to reconcile.

Meanwhile, the latest casualty of Benko’s binge was the CEO of Bank Julius Baer whose CEO Philipp Rickenbacher quit last week while the bank has written off a half billion due to a single name event (AKA Benko) which provoked the closure of their private debt division to boot.

PS Saturday 10th Feb: Canary Wharf office takes 60% hit in distressed sale — Five Churchill Place, a former Bear Stearns office owned by Chinese investor Cheung Kei Group, was placed in receivership by a lending syndicate and has now been sold for 110 million GBP after being purchased in 2017 for 260 million.

IPO-VID LIVESTREAM

NEXT WEEK TUESDAY: Season 22: Episode 06

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Guest: Rafael Plata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVQFvZAtO7w

Tuesday, February 13th: 1700 UK, 1800 CET, 1200 EST

“Clearing Europe — with Rafael Plata”

Rafael is the Secretary General of the European Association of CCP Clearing Houses (EACH), the trade body that represents European CCPs. A seasoned professional of capital markets industry for over 20 years, he has in the past represented the interests of regulated market at FESE, contributed to EU policy-making at an MEP office at the EuroParl and advised pension funds as an investment consultant.

He is a member of the ESMA Consultative Working Group for CCP Policy and the ECB’s Market Infrastructures Consultative Group (AMI SeCO). Rafael also acts as an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Securities Operations & Custody and Member of the Board and Chair of Leadership Circle at the European Society for Association Executives. He has lectured on CCP Clearing at the Solvay School of Economics and Management.

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NOW ONLINE: Season 22: Episode 05

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Guest: Brad Schaeffer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhcKbSyvYZs

Tuesday, February 6th: 1700 UK, 1800 CET, 1200 EST

“From the Floor To The Future with Brad Schaeffer”

Polyglot commodities trader, musician, author & widely read columnist on a range of topics everywhere from The Hill to the Wall Street Journal, Brad Schaeffer has just published his third book: “LIFE IN THE PITS: My Time As A Trader On The Rough-And-Tumble Exchange Floors”, recounting Brad’s time as clerk then trader in the mosh pit of the commodities trading floors in Chicago and New York.

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IPO-VID LIVESTREAM PODCAST

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In the IPO-VID podcast episode #128, Patrick L Young was joined by two of our extraordinary IPO-VID guests, joining us are a seasoned commodities business veteran, financial astrologer & author, Susan Gidel, along with an expert in commodity trading, active macro-global trend trader, and former CME Board Member, Yra Harris.

Make sure to listen to this captivating episode with the experts!

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EI WEEKLY PODCAST

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Nasdaq Outperforms

SiX 36 Months To A Deal?

NYSE Reddit?

And A GPW Management Shake Up as expected…

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https://www.sinara.com/?exchangeinvest

VICTORY OR DEATH

https://www.amazon.com/Victory-Death-Blockchain-Cryptocurrency-FinTech/dp/8362627050?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=plybooksamzn2-20

20 years on from the first fintech bestseller “Capital Market Revolution!”… “Victory Or Death” is a must-read book for anyone interested in the intersection of Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and FinTech as part of the whole future of finance.

Available worldwide

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FINANCE BOOK OF THE WEEK

In response to reader’s queries, we have added a book of the week column to the EI weekend edition — interesting books pertaining to exchanges and markets, investment et al.

— Anybody can sign up for EI Weekend for free at ExchangeInvest.com incidentally.

This week’s book was written by Fred Schwed.

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Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street and appears as pertinent as ever a century later. This book is full of wise contrarian advice offering a “warts and all” look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke.

Get the book here.

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Suggestions welcome if you would like to nominate a book for us to cover!

Our next Book of the week will be unveiled Saturday in the EI Weekend Edition.

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BITCARNAGE

In Bitcarnage this week, it’s a case of Death But No Transfiguration as FTX is close to a full repayment of creditors but the FTX Exchange — as Exchange Invest / Bitcarnage has always argued — is absolutely dead.

FTX Plans To Fully Repay Customers But Not Restart Exchange, Says Bankruptcy Lawyer
CoinTelegraph

(for those who wonder why they subscribe to Exchange Invest Bitcarnage, we prove our worth once again — having made it clear from the very earliest talk of a resurrection that FTX V2.0 was not a viable entity. It was always a pipedream and I suppose the liquidator can say their conscience is clear as no investor would come forward. However, this process was always a massive hot air waste of time with navel gazing idiocy believing there was a way to bring back a platform which had not merely broken the trust of its user base but in fact amounted to essentially a sleazy casino betting against its perceived “mug punters” AKA anything but a sound exchange model).

Elsewhere the OPNX debt claims platform run by the jailbird Su Zhu and his 3AC co founders has closed down — not before time some may argue.

Binance is struggling with redemption as regulators such as in the UK prove uncomfortable with a convicted criminal enterprise.

Crypto Derivatives Exchange OPNX To Shut Down In February (The Block).

https://bitcarnage.substack.com/

This week in Bitcarnage we also discussed the ongoing institutional failure of crypto and even DLT. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testified to Congress concerns about the crypto economy and specifically “StableCoins” this week for instance.

Statement by Janet L. Yellen Secretary United States Department of the Treasury before the Committee on Financial Services US House of Representatives (House.Gov).

Then the First US Bank To Let Customers Keep Cryptocurrency In Checking Account Exits Crypto (Cointelegraph). The fabulously named, if not perhaps entirely balance sheet representative, Vast Bank has distributed itself back into fiat only mode.

This all reminds me of the excellent Chris Edmonds’ of ICE’s article from last year: The Failed Promise Of Unregulated Crypto — which I still find true with the exception of some pockets within banks where folks are employed to ‘do’ crypto or DLT and hence are religious zealots for its promotion. Or: talking their own book — distribute your interpretation as you will!

The good folks of GARP (the Global Association of Risk Professionals) publish many excellent pieces and with Is Institutional-Grade Blockchain Ready For Its Great Leap Forward? They raise questions to which the answer appears to be a rather resounding — “no, not really.”

If you enjoyed this excerpt you may be interested to know that you can read Bitcarnage every day in Exchange Invest.

Alternatively, if you want to follow Bitcarnage — the daily update on happenings in the world of crypto and digital assets, then you can find Bitcarnage as a standalone on Substack.

MACRO THOUGHTS

Charted: What’s Driving The U.S. Trade Deficit?.
Visual Capitalist

OF INTEREST

As always, a review of interesting reading to provoke thoughts and consideration… Not sure we agree with much of it….but it’s thought-provoking!

Why Companies Should Ditch Personality Tests
The Spectator

Kinetic Energy Weapon Can Break An American Tank Apart With A Single Shot: Chinese Study
South China Morning Post

The Myth Of The Boston Tea Party
The Spectator.

Niall Ferguson: The Treason Of The Intellectuals
The Free Press

How Xi Jinping And China’s Communist Party’s Inner Circles Are All Connected — 2023 Update
South China Morning Post

LAST WORD

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Gong Xi Fa Chai to all our readers celebrating the Lunar New Year!

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Patrick L Young

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