9-4-2012 SWFloridaGuy: Again I'm seeing gurus in the rooms tell members not to read articles and just trust in the rumors. We all know how unreliable certain reports out of Iraq can be but don't let anyone tell you not to do your own research and just trust in them and their "Sources," also known as the "Roller Coaster." Don't ever limit yourself, read whatever you can get your hands on.
Examine all constituent elements (both political and economic), put the pieces together and then formulate your own educated analysis. We can of course also use this process to eliminate plenty of imbecilic or less pragmatic sources along the way (second to second hypers whose names I won't mention). The only way we can educate ourselves is by taking the time to do our own research.
We should utilize every tool at our disposal, whether it's to research currency reform, IMF/World Bank reports, the study of macroeconomic analysis, the history of large currency appreciation shocks, confirming which laws have been passed and read into the Gazette, Iraqi Legal Database, reviewing statements from the CBI, GOI, Finance Committee or just some random economist stating his opinion.
Like with all information we receive, we must consider the source and use our best judgment as to the author's credibility. None of us have all the answers and we've all been wrong in the past but with such a large group working together, researching, utilizing our time and resources, we can all come to a better understanding as to where we stand.