Posts Tagged ‘marathon man’

Is it Safe . . . . ?

Anyone who has seen the 1976 film Marathon Man will no doubt recall the cringe-inducing scene where a sadistic Nazi dentist (played by Laurence Olivier) tortures the protagonist (Dustin Hoffman) by drilling into his teeth without anaesthetic. Throughout the ordeal, Olivier repeatedly asks, “Is it safe?” Not knowing what “it” refers to, Hoffman is unable to come up with an answer to avert the torture.
 
I couldn’t help thinking of this scene in the movie and the constant question, “Is it safe?”, without relating it to the current investment climate. It is over 5 years since the eye of the last financial crisis, with stock markets almost back to their 2007 highs, while gold struggled. It must be safe, right?

Continue Reading