From Jim Sinclair:
Wall Street Economics
Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day the farmer drove up and said, ‘Sorry Chuck, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.’
Chuck replied, ‘Well, then just give me my money back.’
‘Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.’
‘OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.’
‘What ya gonna do with a dead donkey?
‘I’m going to raffle him off.’
The farmer said ‘You can’t raffle off a dead donkey!’
Chuck said, ‘Sure I can. Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.’
A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, ‘What happened with that dead donkey?’
Chuck said, ‘I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898.00.’
‘Didn’t anyone complain?’
‘Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.’
Chuck now works for Morgan Stanley in their OTC Default Derivative Department.