Bond, James Bond

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Dr. No: I’m a member of SPECTRE.
Bond: SPECTRE?
Dr. No: SPECTRE: Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion. The four great cornerstones of power headed by the greatest brains in the world.
Bond: Correction: Criminal brains!
Dr. No: The successful criminal brain is always superior. It has to be.

— From Dr. No (1963), the original Bond film

Your Bond news in advance of the release of the 24th episode, SPECTRE:
When you are tempted to rush out and buy the gear from SPECTRE, this is a nice primer. Every Single Expensive Thing in James Bond’s Spectre, Explained
Rolling Stone walks you through the ups and downs of the Bond series theme songs. James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best
Ian Fleming didn’t make it up entirely. Here is some of the back story. The Top Secret WWII Warriors Who Inspired James Bond and Birthed Modern Black Ops
Okay, this one is not, exactly, a straight match to the movie series, but … A Concept Yacht Fit for Bond

A weekly look at global markets:
With US Fed rates stuck at zero, many global rates already negative, and a global economy still resiliently sluggish, questions abound regarding conventional wisdom in economics and the potential for even more negative interest rates, fascinating. This is how a central bank could kill off cash and bring in negative interest rates on your savings
So, is China leading the way to the next down cycle? Here is an interesting analysis of boom/bust cycles. The Global Test Most Will Fail: Surviving the Bust That Inevitably Follows a Boom

It’s your retirement, the more you know …:
Here is an interesting article on portfolio modeling, and, perhaps more importantly, the impact of timing on investment success. Tranche Model Applied to the ‘Swensen Six’ Portfolio
This is couple of weeks dated, so buyer beware, but still an interesting read. 5 Stocks Under $10 Actually Worth Buying
Given all we’ve read about rates and world markets, this may be a good crossover from markets to retirement discussion. Retirement Strategy: The Phantom Fed Rate Hike and Dividend Investing for Retirement

Miscellany, because there is the web:
Some great stuff in here, have a look. 25 Amazing Websites That Are About to Make Your Life So Much Easier
See how many of these you remember. This may add to your Netflix list. Top 10 Film Monologues of All Time
Since you are now busted wasting time, read this. How to be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the ‘Eisenhower Box’

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