Thursday, July 06, 2017

Clipped

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

It was a sure fire scheme, an opportunity in a mineral rich country awash with investments and the discovery welcomed by the mining giants.

This was an unprecedented offer in the mid 1990s when the economy was still limping after the global recession that came swiftly after the Black Monday of October 1987


For twenty years he had tracked the progress of the bonds.  Recent rumours were worrying but his broker reassured him.  Then he received a packet by mail.  The mine had gone bust but surely the investors would value the paper clips made from the mined iron ore.

Written for Friday Fictioneers Word Count : 100

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26 comments :

  1. Great use of the prompt, well done.

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    1. Thanks Iain I am glad you liked it.

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  2. Dear Subroto,

    Cunning use of the prompt. I'm sure the investors will cherish those paper clips. ;)

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Very valuable those paper clips :-) Thanks for your comments Rochelle.

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    1. It is a sad outcome for the investors that were sucked into the scheme. Thanks for commenting Linda.

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  4. Alas... in the end there is nothing much to recover. Hope it was not his life's savings.

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    1. It does happen more often than not. The lure of easy money with glossy brochures and people sink their savings into scams. Thanks for reading and commenting Björn.

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  5. A really unique take on the prompt! Yeah, sure fire schemes can do that.

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    1. They can indeed! Thanks for your comments Christine.

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  6. Risky adventures!

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    1. True, it is a financial adventure in the end. Thanks for your comments.

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  7. Very neat take. Unfortunately it is also very true for many of our mineral resources.

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    1. There are heaps of stories to be mined though. Thanks for your comments YS.

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  8. You have surely put a devastating story behind the picture, Terse and sharp as a surgeon's scalpel.

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    1. Thank you Uma for those words of praise. I am glad you liked it.

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  9. Oh man! Talk about a sharp kick in the gut!

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    1. It is indeed. No pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here. Thanks for reading and commenting Dale.

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  10. Well, better than nothing, I suppose :-)

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    1. A box of staples instead of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Thanks for your comments Alistair.

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  11. A good investment counsellor would spread savings into three categories, low risk, medium risk, and high risk, not all in one option. It's wise not to take chances with even some of your money.Good writing, Subroto. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Thanks for your comments and the financial advice Suzanne :-)

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  12. He might be a bit too late to invest in paper clips not we've entered the computer age.

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    1. Being at the right place and at the right time counts. Thanks for reading and commenting Liz.

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  13. Those smooth-talking brokers will always win out over rumour. Paper clips will always come in useful... but maybe not that many. Great story from the prompt.

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    1. It was a sure thing :-) Thanks for comments Sarah I am glad you liked it.

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