China’s Global Times reports a fast-food employee infected with coronavirus triggers food safety concerns

China’s Global Times media with the report on a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fast food employee responsible for food preparation

  • confirmed to have the novel coronavirus
  • triggering food safety concerns over the spread of the virus through human hand contact
  • Local media outlet reported Saturday that the infected fast food employee worked on the food prep line at a KFC in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province for one week beginning January 17.

Financial Times on Fonterra – record annual loss

More info for NZD traders to ponder, this on New Zealand exporter Fonterra in the Financial Times

On the announcement earlier from the firm.
  • Fonterra, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, posted a record annual loss
  • will pay out less in dividend payments in future
  • net loss…  was at the lower end of the company’s previously forecasted range
  • second full-year loss in a row
  • record loss for its 2019 financial year
At the lower end of forecast range of loss is about the only positive in the saga.

China exploring ways to loosen or remove car-purchase limits

China has begun to roll out a series of guidelines to encourage consumption, led by a boost for the auto market.

  • exploring ways to gradually loosen or remove car-purchase limits
  • to support new-energy vehicle purchases in some areas
  • incentives to build more gas stations in rural areas
  • removing investment barriers on fuel wholesale and storage businesses
The State Council made the announcement late Tuesday.
China has begun to roll out a series of guidelines to encourage consumption, led by a boost for the auto market.

True Story of Warren Buffett vs the Salad Oil Swindler, November 1963

MUST-READFifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. The assassination not only shocked the nation, but shook the stock market as well. However, very few people have heard about The Great Salad Oil Swindle which nearly crippled the New York Stock Exchange that weekend. Officials at the NYSE took advantage of the closure of the exchange to keep the crisis caused by the swindle from spreading further. Here is what happened at the NYSE while the nation focused on the President’s funeral.

Salad Oil, Cornered and Quartered
The Great Salad Oil Swindle was carried out by Anthony “Tino” De Angelis, who traded vegetable oil (soybean oil) futures which was an important ingredient in salad oil. De Angelis had previously been involved in a swindle involving the National School Lunch Act and the Adolph Gobel Co. When it was discovered that he had overcharged the government and delivered over 2 million pounds of uninspected meat, he ended up bankrupt. Con-men don’t stop being cons, they just try to learn from their mistakes and make more money the next time around.

Tino de Angelis had learned that government programs were a way to make easy money, so he started the Allied Crude Vegetable Oil Refining Co. in 1955 to take advantage of the U.S. Government’s Food for Peace program. The goal of the program was to sell surplus goods to Europe at low prices. Initially, De Angelis sold massive quantities of shortening and other vegetable oil products to Europe, and when this worked, he expanded into cotton and soybeans.

 By 1962, De Angelis was a large enough player in commodity markets that he thought he could corner the soybean oil market, allowing him to make even more money. Always the schemer, De Angelis’s plan was to use his large inventories of commodities as collateral to get loans from Wall Street bank and finance companies. Buying soybean oil futures would drive up the price of his vegetable oil holdings, which would increase both the value of his inventories and allow him to profit from his futures contracts. De Angelis could use these profits not only to line his own pockets, but to pay his staff, make contributions to the community, and in one case, pay the hospital bill of a government official. (more…)

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