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June 12, 2012

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"No, he isn't contributing to the GDP, but he's not loafing in blue chips, either." Now that's real Street-speak, isn't it? What I want to know is what's wrong with blue chips especially if they offer a good return and a measure of stability? I know, I know, that isn't the point. The Wall Street buccaneer wants to trade options and derivatives that correspond to the theoretical particles of subatomic physics -- they have a notional existence but that's all. I must say "loafing in blue chips" is a priceless phrase that sums up the whole attitude. -- Bruce

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